God is With Us!
Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission is a community of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America under the Omophorion of His Beatitude, The Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, and His Grace Bishop Nikon, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. 'Holy Nativity Mission' is currently meeting on Sundays at the Barksdale Federal Credit Union South Branch Community Center (5490 Barksdale Blvd) at 10:00 AM to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and on Wednesday evenings at Fr. Jason and Mat' Ashely's House for Vespers, Bible study and dinner. There are two Orthodox Christian parishes in Shreveport, LA – St. George Greek Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. Together, the Mission and the other two sister parishes are part of the greater Orthodox Church that is made up of over 300,000,000 Christians around the world. As one, we seek to bring the ancient faith and practice of Christ and His apostles to the people of Shreveport and Bossier. In doing so, we pray that those who join us will experience the fullness of life in Christ and His Church.
Holy Nativity is an eclectic mix of people from various backgrounds. Some are ‘cradle’ Orthodox, while others have converted to Orthodoxy as the result of a spiritual journey. Until recently, the majority of Orthodox Churches in the United States were made up of immigrants who brought the treasure of the Apostolic Faith with them from the Holy Lands, Greece, Turkey, Russia and other areas that once made up the Byzantine Empire and beyond. Fortunately, the theology and liturgy of the Church is now accessible to all as the original writings, like the New Testament, have been translated from Greek and other languages into English. Although the Mission uses English as the common language for teaching and worship, we still value and cherish the cultural traditions that protected, preserved and passed on the historic faith of the undivided Christian Church and seek to incorporate them in our liturgical life in order to enrich our experience together.
We welcome all people to visit the mission. Also, because we understand worship to be a family affair, our older children, toddlers and infants join us in all services. If you are planning to pray with us one Sunday or attend another gathering during the week, please contact Fr. Jason so he can make sure we prepare a special guest packet for you. This will help you learn more about the Mission, and give us the opportunity to show you how much we appreciate your visit.
We pray your journey of faith continues to move you more and more towards the likeness of Christ. Please know the heart, mind and hands of the Mission are available to assist you as needed on your pilgrimage. Our desire is show the people of Shreveport-Bossier the same love we continue to receive from God and, by His grace, demonstrate to each other.
CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN!
Blessed and Joyous Great and Holy Pascha to All!
Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity
Please keep Kevin, Mara, Travis, Jennifer, Jack, Jane, Murray, Dane, Elizabeth, Aubre and Jude in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.
Our Land on the Southern Loop
Thanks be to God! On the Friday before Holy Week we purchased an 10.98 acre tract of land on the Southern Loop. This will be the future home of Holy Nativity. We are very thankful for Dr. Tom Siskron who gifted a large portion of the land to us, Jeff Norris for donating his legal services, Scott Adcock for the discounted appraisal work and Ioannis Petikas for doing our enviornmental study at no charge. Also, we want to thank Kayne Pierce of Carter Federal Credit Union for financing the deal for us.
Email and Phone
Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission
588 Oneonta St.
Shreveport, LA 71106
THANKS FROM THE MISSION FAMILY TO:
The Blanchard's for the gifts of the Gospel and Epistles Books and incense.
The McInnis family for all the new liturgical supplies: candles, incense, charcoal, processional cross and processional candles!
The Taylor's for the Pascha candles, Trikirion and icons.
The Cosse's for the brass candle stands.
The anonymous gift of the iconostasis - we know who you are!
The Theo's for the altar and kubuklion.
The Alexander Mijalis family for the gift to purchase a new liturgical item.
An anonymous family for the gift of the Church Library series for adults and children from St. Vladimir Seminary Press.
The Greening family for special incense and a zeon pitcher, the new processional candles, fans and cross and the altar tabernacle.
The Mission is in need of many other liturgical items. If you want to make a liturgical gift to Holy Nativity, please contact Fr. Jason. He has a very long list of things for you to chose from at you convenience. Thank you.
Bishop Mark to be installed in Philadelphia May 10
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The Rite of Installation, during which His Grace, Bishop Mark will be enthroned as Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, will be celebrated at Saint Stephen Cathedral, 8598 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
SVOTS receives approval for D. Min. Distance Learning Program; Applications b...
22 Apr 2014 at 12:36pm
Bishop Mark was canonically elected to fill the vacant See by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America on March 18, 2014. [See related story.]
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will preside at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and the Rite of Installation that follows.
An Installation Banquet honoring Bishop Mark will follow the Liturgy at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway (US Rt. 1), Trevose, PA at 1:00 p.m. Deadline for banquet reservations is Wednesday, April 30. Banquet reservation forms may be downloaded here. Forms for placing commemorative listings in a book marking the occasion also may be downloaded. Deadline for listings is April 30.
For those desiring overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast, 9461 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, at a special rate of $115.00 plus tax per night. For reservations please call the hotel directly at 215-671-9600 and mention “Installation of Bishop Mark.” The special rate will be available until April 18, 2014.
Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here is now accepting applications from priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry who want to earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry [D.Min] degree through a new hybrid program that combines on-line coursework with on-campus intensive training. In the coming months the seminary administration will begin reviewing applications to admit 15 students into the first cohort of the new program, set to commence with the fall semester 2014. There also will be an on-campus orientation this summer.
The Association for Theological School [ATS] approved the hybrid D.Min. program in fall 2012. Most recently, on March 21, 2014, the State of New York’s Office of College and University Evaluation also granted its approval. The Danilchick Family Endowment for Pastoral Studies, a fund set up by Protodeacon Peter M. Danilchick and his wife, Tanya, will help support qualified D.Min. students with their tuition through need-based scholarships.
Archpriest Dr. J. Sergius Halvorsen, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric at Saint Vladimir’s and the program’s director, observed, “Receiving authorization for the D.Min. from New York State is a great accomplishment for everyone at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, and I’m extremely happy to complete this stage of initial planning and authorization. Now our world class D.Min. faculty can begin the essential work of strengthening the ministry of priests, chaplains, and others involved in institutional and professional ministry.”
The D.Min. Program will integrate doctoral level academic work with applied pastoral practice, and members of the Saint Vladimir’s faculty, along with Orthodox Christian scholars from other institutions, will teach the eight core courses:
Archpriest J. Sergius Halvorsen, Ph.D., Advanced Preaching and Communications
Gayle E. Woloshak, Ph.D., Bioethics for Ministry
Archpriest Nicholas Solak, D. Min., Counseling in the Parish
Archpriest John A. Jillions, Ph.D., Ministry in a Secular Age
Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D., Ministry to the Sick and Dying
Priest Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., Missiology
Archpriest Eugen J. Pentiuc, Ph.D., Scripture: Exegesis for Preaching
Archpriest Joseph F. Purpura, D.Min., Youth Ministry
A project that combines research at the doctoral level with the intentional application of pastoral theory in pastoral ministry will comprise the final phase of the program.
“Pastors today face immense challenges,” emphasized Father Sergius. “The depth and intensity of suffering and spiritual darkness in the lives of the people we serve is startling. Facing such serious challenges, there has never been a greater need for excellence in pastoral ministry.”
Program applicants must have at least three years experience in ministry subsequent to their first theological degree, be currently serving in a position of ministry, and be capable of doing doctoral level academic work.
To learn more about the program, contact Father Sergius at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-961-8313, x367. Additional information, including technology requirements, may be accessed here.
Video of Metropolitan Tikhon’s Paschal Message now available
19 Apr 2014 at 3:27pm
The video Paschal Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, was released by the Orthodox Church in America on the afternoon of Great and Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014. It may be viewed on the OCA web site and Facebook page.