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 (5940 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.
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.
WE WILL BE GATHEIRNG ON THE LAND, GOD WILLING, ON SUNDAY MAY 26th FOLLOWING THE DIVINE LITURGY TO PRAY AND ASK FOR GOD'S BLESSING AS WE PREPARE TO BREAK GROUND IN THE NEAR FUTURE - COME JOIN US!
CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN!
Christ is risen from the death trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
Thanks to everyone at Holy Nativity and St. George that made this Pascha a most joyous and blessed event!
Wednesday Night Bible Study and Vespers Service
Throughout the summer months we will continue to meet on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 for vespers, meal and bible study and on Saturday nights at 5:00 for Great Vespers.
Email and Phone
Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission
588 Oneonta St.
Shreveport, LA 71106
Lesser Synod members receive updates from OCA officers
6 hours ago
Members of the Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America received updates from the Church’s officers during their meeting at the Chancery here May 21-22, 2013.
Independence, OH site of FOCA national convention June 28-July 1
23 May 2013 at 2:23pm
According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the purpose of the meeting was to continue the work of the Holy Synod between sessions, address critical concerns, and plan for upcoming meetings.”
The meeting was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. Also in attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; and His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek, who attended some of the sessions in the absence of His Grace, Bishop Michael, who was unable to attend.
Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, updated members of the Lesser Synod of the status of the review of updated Policies, Standards and Procedures (PSP) for Clergy Sexual Misconduct and reviewed various clergy and pastoral issues and upcoming events.
Father Eric reviewed preliminary plans for 18th All-American Council and legal issues, as well as some outstanding procedural matters.
Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer, offered an updated financial report and briefed the Lesser Synod on the preliminary 2012 audit report.
Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, updated the Lesser Synod on recent occurrences in world Orthodoxy and upcoming external affairs events.
Before adjourning, the hierarchs began to plan and prioritize agenda items for the Fall Holy Synod Meeting, to be held on October 15-17, 2013, and the Fall Metropolitan Council meeting, to be held September 24-26.
“There also were a number of closed sessions on clergy matters, including ongoing work on vetting procedures for episcopal candidates,” Father Eric added.
The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will hold its 87th annual National Convention at the Double Tree by Hilton here June 28-July 1, 2013.
Final preparations underway for 109th annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage
22 May 2013 at 3:58pm
The convention will be hosted by the FOCA’s Cleveland ‘R’ Club of Archangel Michael Church, Broadview Heights, OH. One need not be a member of the FOCA to attend.
In addition to participating in plenary sessions, discussions, and liturgical services, attendees will enjoy a variety of relaxing fellowship activities, including a golf tournament, a theater performance, and the traditional banquet and ball. Ample time also is available to explore the many exciting venues that Cleveland has to offer.
Established in 1927 as the Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs to unite Orthodox Christians in faith, fellowship and service, the FOCA petitioned the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to be officially recognized by the OCA. At its 1998 national convention, the organization adopted its present name. It maintains chapters in dozens of parishes across the country.
Detailed information, schedules, reservations and convention updates are available here.
Final preparations for the 109th Annual Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery here over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27, 2013, are underway.
“It is always a joy to welcome hierarchs, clergy and faithful from the Orthodox Church in America, other Orthodox jurisdictions and guests from near and far,” said Igumen Sergius, the Monastery’s Abbot.
A detailed schedule of the weekend’s divine services and other events is available in PFD format.
In related news, Saint Tikhon’s Seminary will hold its 71st annual Commencement on Saturday, May 25. The day will open with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. and continue with graduation ceremonies at the Monastery Bell Tower at 1:00 p.m.
Saint Tikhon’s Monastery is the oldest Orthodox Christian monastic community in North America. Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, established in 1938, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2013.
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 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.