Holy Nativity of the Lord
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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.

Episcopal Visit!

Bishop Alexander visited Holy Nativity over the Festal celebration of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. 

All Saints Winter Camp 2017

All Saints Winter Camp 2017 is now open for registration!! 

Date: Feb 10-12

Cost: $30 (covers everything)

Location: Holy Natiivty

Theme: Winter Camp 500 - Fuel for Lent! 

Arrive Friday around 5pm - Pickup Sunday at 1

Things to Bring:  Tent, Pillow, Sleeping Bag, Toiletries, Snacks, Play clothes and Services  

 

Retreat with Kh. Krista West - March 3rd -5th

Community and Women's Retreat with Kh Krista West - March 3-5, 2017

 On Friday March 3rd at 6pm, noted Orthodox tailor, author and speaker will present a lecture to our community and guest titled: 

                    "Restoring the Image: Mankind, Beauty and the Church"

In today’s world, the issue of beauty can be very confusing—isn’t beauty vanity? If it isn’t, then why do we need beauty? Through her work in the field of Orthodox Christian Aesthetics, as well as drawing upon her 20 years working as an ecclesiastical tailor, Kh. Krista West will present a lecture on the topic of beauty and its role in our salvation and our vocation as human beings created in the image and likeness of Christ.

                     "Women's Retreat on the topic of Beauty - Three Lectures on Saturday"

Women face a dizzying array of conflicting messages on beauty and femininity in our society. Building upon the themes of Friday evening’s lecture, Kh. Krista West will present practical and engaging information that will change your understanding of beauty and inspire you to bring more beauty into your life!

                                                                Kh Krista's Bio

Krista West was born in Portland, Oregon and began sewing at the age of 4.  Her love of handcrafts as a child and her conversion to Orthodox Christianity in 1993 led into an interest in Orthodox ecclesiastical vesture.  She apprenticed with Leslie Schaill from 1994 to 1997 and began Krista West Vestments in 1997. She has sewn for the clergy of numerous jurisdictions and her work can be found in 48 US states as well as Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Greece, and Australia.

In 2002, Krista began to research the origins of Orthodox Christian vestments and has made several trips to Greece and a trip to Italy to research original Byzantine art and architecture. Her research and field work led to her podcast “The Opinionated Tailor” which began airing on Ancient Faith Radio in 2008. In 2013, her book, “The Garments of Salvation: Orthodox Christian Liturgical Vesture” was published by SVS Press and is the first comprehensive book on the topic in English. She lectures annually at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St Vladimir’s School of Theology as well to parishes and communities across the country.

Kh. Krista is married to Fr. Alban West, pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon and is mother to three beautiful daughters.

 

 

 

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Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Jacklyn
Newest Catechumen, Jacklyn
Newest Catechumen, Jacklyn
New Church Building Update

Thanks be to God, we are now worshipping in our new facility on the Southern Loop. 

All American Council Diocese of the South Video

DOS 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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St. Tikhon’s Seminary reaccredited by ATS
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In a letter dated February 15, 2017, the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools [ATS] informed Saint Tikhon’s Seminary that the school has been reaccredited for seven years, with no notations.  The news came as a result of the seminary’s periodic reaccredition review that occurred November 20-23, 2016.

“This is great news for the seminary, following several years of consistent and intensive preparation,” said Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean.  “We wish to express gratitude to all who assisted in this effort!”

Father Steven chaired the Self-Study Leadership Team directed by Dr. Paul Witek, Assistant to the Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History, who also served as Self-Study Editor.  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, STOTS Rector, chaired the Self-Study Steering Committee, while Prof. Sergei Arhipov served as committee Secretary and respondent on behalf of the school’s library.  Michael Skor was one of several seminarians engaged in the self-study process—including those who had served as Student Government chairs in recent years—who continued to be integrally involved in developing the study’s final draft well after his graduation.

“Our goal for this review was for all dimensions of the seminary community to be engaged in and able to speak to the self-study process with the site visit team,” Father Steven added.  “Thanks be to God, it is wonderful to see such a strong outcome following our collaborative effort.”

The seminary also expressed gratitude to its new Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Barbara Mutch, and the site visit team that conducted the review.



Metropolitan Council gathers for Spring Session
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The Spring Session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America opened at Immaculate Conception Seminary here on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the Chancery, Syosset, NY, on Tuesday morning, after which he, together with the members of the Standing Synod of Bishops and the Metropolitan Council, gathered for the Council’s opening session at the seminary.

Following his opening address, Metropolitan Tikhon will engage Council members in a strategic planning session.  The remainder of the day’s agenda includes reports by Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary; and Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist.  Judge E. R. Lanier and Angela Parks will report on legal matters and present a compliance report on the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, which was approved at the 18th All-American Council in July 2015.

On Wednesday, February 21, Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak will offer a detailed report on the Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America [SOCA], after which reports on the ongoing work of the Metropolitan Council’s committees will be given.  Archpriest Alexander Kuchta will report on the work of the Charity Committee, while Archpriest Thomas Moore will offer an update on the Ethnics Committee’s activities.  Lisa Mikhalevsky will offer a report on Human Resources, after which Archpriest Chad Hatfield will update Council members on the work of the Internal Governance Committee.

Melanie Ringa, Treasurer, will offer her report on Wednesday afternoon, while Archpriest John Dresko will report on the work of the Finance/Investment Committee.  Reports also will be given by Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs, who will update Council members on a variety of current issues.  A second strategic planning session and open discussion with Metropolitan Tikhon will follow.

Matushka Mary Buletza will update Council members on the status of the OCA Pension Plan on Thursday, February 22.  The work of two departments—Christian Education and Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid—will be highlighted in reports given by Matushka Valerie Zahirsky and Donna Karabin respectively.  Council members will participate in a final strategic planning session before adjourning in the afternoon.

Reports and minutes of the Spring Session will be posted as they become available.

The Metropolitan Council is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions.  Members include the Metropolitan, who serves as Chair; the Chancellor, the Secretary, and the Treasurer; one priest and one layperson elected by each diocese; and three priests and an equal number of laypersons elected by the All-American Council.



Standing Committee for Canonical Procedure concludes third meeting
20 Feb 2017 at 9:40am
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His Grace, Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa chaired the third meeting of the Orthodox Church in America’s Standing Committee for Canonical Procedure at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Phoenix, AZ February 8-10, 2017.

Pursuant to Article XV, Section 9 of the OCA Statute, the Committee was established to develop general rules for canonical procedures for use and application in Ecclesiastical Courts.  The Committee’s work is subject to the Holy Synod of Bishops’ approval and adoption.

The Committee once again considered the practical necessities of Ecclesiastical Courts, particularly ensuring that the guidelines under development will maintain court proceedings that are conducted decently and in good order, as well as assigning particular supporting documents for each member to develop over the course of the next two months prior to meeting again.

Committee members will continue their work separately over the next months and will meet together again at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY before Pentecost to finalize the various documents and ensure harmony with other Synodal documents prior to presenting their work to the members of the Holy Synod for their consideration.

Other members of the Committee include Judge E.R. Lanier, General Counsel for the Orthodox Church in America; Ms. Angela Parks, Chair of the Metropolitan Council Legal Committee; Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Professor of Canon Law at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary; and Priest Nicholas Roth, Secretary of the Committee.




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