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 Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. 'Holy Nativity Mission'is gathering on Saturday nights at 5pm for Great Vespers and Sunday mornings at 10am for the Divine Liturgy. Wednesday night vespers is held in the home of the Fosters at 5:30pm. 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 tradition 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. Our former backgrounds include but are not limited to Southern Baptist, Methodist, United Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Charismatic Non-Denominational, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian and various Reformed faiths. 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 allpeople 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.
Service Schedule for Holy Week - April 24th - May1st
All Holy Week Services will be at the Church Location
Palm Sunday (April 23rd) - Divine Liturgy at 10am with fish fry following.
Sunday Night - 6pm - Bridegroom Service
Holy Monday - 10am - Presanctified Liturgy
Holy Monday - 6pm - Bridegroom Service
Holy Tuesday - 10am - Presanctified Liturgy
Holy Tuesday - 6pm - Bridegroom Service
Holy Wednesday - 10am - Presanctified Liturgy
Holy Wednesday - 6pm - Holy Unction
Holy Thursday - 10am - Vesperal Liturgy
Holy Thursday - 6pm - Matins (12 Passion Gospels)
Good Friday - 9am - Royal Hours
Good Friday - 3pm - Great Vespers (Placing of Holy Shroud in the Tomb)
Good Friday - 7pm - Lamentations
All night reading of the psalter to begin immeditately following lamentions and will end Saturday morning before Vesperal Liturgy begins.
Holy Saturday - 10am - Vesperal Liturgy
Midnight Paschal Matins Resurrection Service followed by Divine Liturgy for Great and Holy Pascha - 10:30am - 1:30am
Meal Following - 1:30 -3:00am
Sunday - Great and Holy Pascha Agape Vespers - 12 (noon) - with BBQ, games, and egg hunt!
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All Saints Summer Camp 2016 - June 26th - July 1st
All Saints Summer Camp will be held at Cooper Farm in Ledbetter, TX from June 26th - July 1st. Information about camp and online registration can be found on the camp website www.AllSaintsSummerCamp.org.
DON'T MISS THIS GREAT WEEK OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH, EXCITING ACTIVITIES AND MEETING NEW ORTHODOX FRIENDS!
Welcome to Our New Catechumens: Chris, Saige, Lilly, Kathy and Noah
God has blessed us with two new families that have become catechumens. Please keep Chris, Saige and Lilly and Kathy and Noah in your prayers.
Chris, Saige and Lilly
Chris, Saige and Lilly
Kathy and Noah
Kathy and Noah
New Church Building Update
Inside Nativity Night
Inside Nativity Night
Parish Hall/Rec Area
Parish Hall/Rec Area
We are getting closer to formally moving into our new location at 2155 Southern Loop Dr in Shreveport. Following are a view pics of where we are in construction process!
All American Council Diocese of the South Video
At the All American Council in Atlanta, the following video of the various parishes, missions and ministries of the Diocese of the South was presented. It contains pictures and interviews from Holy Nativity. Take a few minutes to watch it and see what how the Church is growing and minstering to people throughout the south! Glory to God!
Pray for our Catechumens!
Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity
Please keep Tim, Kirsten, Alaina, Will, Victoria, George, Robb, Ryan, Amanda, Samuel, Evie, Elijah, Ava, Chris, Saige, Lilly, Kathy and Noah in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.
The May 2016 edition of “OCAreview: The Orthodox Church in America’s Monthly Hard-Copy Digest” is now available in color and black and white PDF formats for downloading and local distribution.
With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, OCAreview made its debut in October 2015. Each monthly edition features stories that had appeared on the OCA web site during the preceding month. Parishes are requested to download and duplicate each monthly edition for distribution, specifically to those who may not have internet access.
Also available for downloading are over 320 weekly bulletin inserts in PDF format, courtesy of the OCA’s Department of Christian Education. Topics include Scripture commentaries, lives of the saints, book and movie reviews, and themes of general spiritual interest. The series—“Sunday to Sunday with the DCE”—is also available free of charge.
With the school year wrapping up in the weeks ahead, the Orthodox Church in America’s coast-to-coast summer camps will begin their 2016 season in June.
“We’d like to again post a complete listing of our OCA summer camps on the OCA web site,” said Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director. “We ask that camp directors and organizers send information to include in the listing to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than Monday, May 16.”
Information sought includes the name and location of each camp; the sponsoring diocese, deanery or parish; the name[s] of the camp director[s] with contact info—phone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc.; opening and closing dates; cost; and any other specific information, including special programs and themes. Information on camp Facebook and social media sites is also welcome.
“We want to thank our camp organizers, staffs and directors for the hard work they do and the sacrifices they make on behalf of our Church and her youth,” Andrew added. “The blessings our campers receive are truly abundant!”
On Bright Monday, May 2, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, sent a letter to His Grace, Serbian Orthodox Bishop Mitrophan, offering prayers and concern in the wake of a four-alarm fire that engulfed Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral near West 25th Street and Broadway in New York City.
According to media reports, the blaze started at 6:50 p.m. on Pascha—May 1. Heavy flames burst through the roof and shot out of the large rose window on the façade of the cathedral, which was designated as a New York City landmark in 1968. Originally known as Trinity Chapel, the Gothic Revival edifice was designed in 1850 by noted architect Richard M. Upjohn. The Serbian Orthodox Church purchased the church from the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1943.
Over 700 parishioners had celebrated Pascha earlier in the day and had enjoyed a luncheon, but the cathedral was empty when the fire started. The cathedral’s caretaker attempted to rush inside when he noticed the fire, but was turned back by the flames, fire officials said. He suffered from minor smoke inhalation. Media reports indicate that five others, including four firefighters, had been injured, none seriously.
The cathedral’s Rev. Djokan Majstorovic told The Associated Press that he felt like he was “in a nightmare” as he tried to get to the fire scene that was blocked off by firefighters.
“With great sadness we learned of the tragic fire at the historic and beloved Saint Sava’s Cathedral in New York City,” Metropolitan Tikhon wrote to Bishop Mitrophan. “Please accept my personal expression of sadness and grief over this tremendous loss to the Serbian Orthodox community and to all the Orthodox in New York City.
“In this time of tragedy, I open my arms to Your Grace and your community to offer whatever assistance we can provide,” Metropolitan Tikhon continued. “With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, the Orthodox Church in America’s Holy Protection Cathedral in New York City and its priest, Archimandrite Christopher Calin, are prepared to host your community and provide fully for a temporary home for Your Grace and the faithful of Saint Sava’s.
“I pray that Your Grace and the community of Saint Sava’s will find a measure of relief in our Lord’s Pascha, and I pray that our Lord’s Resurrection will give you the strength to lead your community through this difficult moment,” Metropolitan Tikhon concluded.