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.
“Father Thomas especially wanted the History volume to include questions because it is the longest one and is the most thoroughly revised and expanded, through his efforts and those of Dr. David C. Ford of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary,” said Matushka Valerie Zahirsky, DCE Chairperson. “The volume offers a great deal of material, and questions can help readers review and mentally organize the information it presents.”
DCE members have developed 109 questions for the 20-chapter volume, which spans the Church’s history from the first to the 20th and into the 21st centuries. Each question is keyed to the text’s page numbers, while answers are provided in a separate document.
“Several answers also offer points for reflection, to take the reader a little deeper into the facts presented in the book,” Matushka Valerie added. “For example, an answer to a question in the first chapter dispels the false notion that the early Christians were attracted to the new faith because they were all poor, desperate people who therefore welcomed Christianity’s ‘pie in the sky’ promises.
“The questions and answers can be used as a review of each chapter, but they might also give members of a reading group things to look for before they begin a chapter,” said Matushka Valerie. “For example, a group leader might ask members reading about the third and fourth centuries to find three ways in which baptism today is like baptism in that early period, or to describe how what we know as the ‘weekend’ came about. In reading about the 20th century, they might be asked to identify the most thoroughly Orthodox nation in the world, to find out what was notable about Archbishop John, a former head of the Orthodox Church in Finland, or to name the language in which Archbishop Theophan Noli celebrated the Liturgy for the first time anywhere in the world.”
The resources also may be used in conjunction with other materials available from the DCE.
“For example, a question about the 18th century refers to the respect with which the missionaries to Alaska treated the indigenous people and their customs,” Matushka Valerie explained. “Readers can find out more about this in the DCE’s activity book, Saints of North America and also by using the captioned life icons and life stories of three of these missionary saints. Similarly, a question about the 20th century refers to Saint Nicholas, the Enlightener of Japan, about whom readers can find an informative account of his life, a photograph and a map of his travels in the DCE’s activity book, Saints Commemorated in the Litiya Prayers.”
Similar study guides are being prepared by DCE staff members for the series’ other three volumes.
The annual meeting of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s [OCMC] Board of Directors was held here May 9-10, 2016. Board members from across the country attended the meeting. Also present were participants on an OCMC short-term healthcare team who were preparing to serve in Indonesia. Board members participated in the commissioning prayer for the team, which will be using their professional skills to minister at the RSU Theotokos Hospital in Medan.
The Board welcomed two new members during the meeting, Armin Brown of Cypress, CA from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North Americae and Frank Catrickes of Boston, MA from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Also recognized were members of the Executive Committee whose terms are ending, especially the officers—Priest George Liacopulos, President; John Colis, Vice President; William Birchfield III, Treasurer; and Dr. Gayle Woloschak, Secretary. A new slate of officers will be voted upon and installed this summer.
“We appreciate the work that has been done and will continue to be done through the support of those participating in the work carried out through the OCMC Board,” stated Priest Martin Ritsi, OCMC Executive Director.
The Board received a positive report on the organization’s financial health. A report from OCMC’s independent outside auditor announced that the agency received a clean audit on its 2015 financials.
A large part of the meeting involved reviewing OCMC’s new three-year strategic plan. Father Martin led the Board in looking at the vision and mission of OCMC for the next three years and beyond. He mentioned the three core focus areas that drive mission efforts, which include bringing non-Christians to Christ, helping to establish the Church in places where it is newly emerging or re-emerging, and encouraging self-support for the programs and parishes that have been started in the mission field. These focus areas work toward OCMC’s overlying vision “to bring all people to know the saving love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
The OCMC Staff and Board, along with His Grace, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, retired Executive Director, enjoyed a dinner together on the evening of May 10, during which Indonesia Healthcare Team Leader Dr. Cheryl Johnson gave a presentation about her journey to Orthodoxy and how missions had been an integral part of that journey. Presentations such as Cheryl’s bring to life the work of OCMC in a way that makes it tangible and relevant for those who hear it. OCMC thanks God for the continued opportunity to make disciples of all nations through His grace and provision.
Focusing on foreign missions, OCMC is a pan-Orthodox agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. Its Board includes members of several jurisdictions, including the Orthodox Church in America. Currently, several OCA clergy and laity serve as OCMC missionaries, following the lead of many who have served on mission teams during OCMC’s three decades of ministry. Visit OCMC’s web site for a wealth of information on the agency’s ministries around the world.
Seasoned and recently ordained Orthodox Christian priests may want to take advantage of grant awards being offered by the Louisville Institute.
The awards offer pastoral leaders the opportunity and resources to investigate issues related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Through its Pastoral Study Project program [PSP], the Institute enables pastoral leaders to bracket daily work routines in order to pursue a pressing and significant question for the life of faith.
The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study North American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of North American Christians.
Grants of up to $15,000.00 will be awarded to support independent or collaborative study projects that privilege pastoral perspectives and rhythms and honor grassroots research conducted by skilled clergy. PSP grantees may use a variety of platforms to share what they learn with a wider audience, extending their leadership in ways that can benefit the broader Church and culture in North America.
The program is open to clergy, Church staff members, chaplains, denominational staff, and others regularly employed in recognized positions of pastoral leadership, ordained and lay, as well as ordained ministers who are not currently employed by a religious organization. The PSP grant is restricted to pastoral leaders in the United States and Canada.