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Welcome to Holy Nativity Mission - 318-455-4219
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 Grace, Bishop Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and of the South. The faithful of Holy Nativity gather on Saturday nights at 5pm for Great Vespers and Sunday mornings at 10am for the Divine Liturgy and Wednesday night at 5:30pm for daily vespers. All services are held in our new church building located at 2155 Southern Loop Rd in Shreveport, LA (71106). 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 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.
Deanery Retreat - Fr. Stephen Freeman to Present Two Lectures to Community
Fr Stephen Freeman
On October 9th-11th, priests from the Mississippi River Deanery will be gathering at Holy Nativity for their fall retreat. Fr. Stephen Freemam will be the guests lecturer. He will give two talks to the general public on Sunday night at 6:30pm and Monday night at 6:30pm. The schedule and topics discussed are below:
Sunday Night 6:30 - "Heaven and Hell: An Orthodox Perspective"
Monday Night 6:30 - "The Orthodox Understanding of the Atonement"
There will be a meal provided for everyone on Monday night at 5:30pm following vespers at 5.
Fr. Stephen's Bio is below:
Fr. Stephen was born in Greenville, SC in 1953, and educated in local schools. He was graduated from Furman University in 1977 with a B.A. in Classical Languages. He received his M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1980, and an M.A. in Religion from Duke University in 1991. He was ordained in the ministry of the Episcopal Church in 1980 and served parishes in Columbia, SC, Simpsonville, SC, Anderson, SC, Durham, NC and Oak Ridge, TN.
In February of 1998, Fr. Stephen converted to Orthodoxy along with his wife and children. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Orthodox Church in March of 1999 and has served as the rector of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge since that time. He is the author of numerous articles on theology and modern culture. His books include Shaping Our Future (1994) and Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Story Universe (2011). He is the author of the popular blog site Glory to God for All Things, with an average of over one million views per year. He also authors the podcast Glory to God, heard on Ancient Faith Radio.
Fr. Stephen served as the Dean of the Appalachian Deanery in the Diocese of the South from 2003-2011 and has been very active in assisting with the founding of mission churches across the Appalachian region. In 2010, he was elevated to the rank of Archpriest. Two of his daughters are married to priests, one in the OCA, the other in Antiochian Archdiocese. He has 2 grandchildren.
When asked what early Christian Fr. Stephen would most like to be he replied comically " one who was not martyred"; but, seriously, St. John the Theologian. He liked St. John the Theologian because he came closest to experiencing and understanding the mystical presence of God and his love and mercy.
Holy Nativity Fall Fest! October 31st 5-8pm
St. Basil Home School Co-op
St. Basils Homeschool Co-op
Registration for St. Basil's Homeschool Co-op is now open until August 15th. The cost is $100 per family per semester. School begins on September 6th. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the new church location. Field Days and special events will take place each friday during the fall semester. To learn more about St. Basil's, please contact Presv. Ashley.
New Church Building Update
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!
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