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.

Nativity (Christmas) Season Services Schedule

Please view our calendar to see the Nativity (Christmas) Season service schedule. 

All are welcome to join us! 

St. Basil's Home School Co-op

St. Basil's 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. 

Hub Ministries

Great day seving our friends a the HUB! Join us the first Sunday of each month at 5:30. Location is 605 Cotton St in downtown Shreveport. 

New Church Building Update

South Entrance
South Entrance
South Entrance
Inside Nativity Night
Inside Nativity Night
Inside Nativity Night
Parish Hall/Rec Area
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

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! 

OCA News Daily Scripture Readings

OCA News
OCA News

Archives Advisory Committee concludes third meeting
6 hours ago

Members of the Archives Advisory Committee of the Orthodox Church in America held their third meeting at the Chancery here November 29-30, 2016.

In his welcoming remarks, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon noted the importance of preserving the Church’s history.  He stressed the role of archives in promoting the Church’s historical legacy to nurture her ongoing mission, not only through the preservation efforts of the OCA Archives, but also through the archival collections of dioceses, parishes, monasteries and institutions.

Alexis Troubetzkoy, committee Chairperson, expressed satisfaction with the committee’s progress since its establishment three years ago.  Alexis Liberovsky, OCA Archivist and committee Secretary, highlighted the work of the Archives in serving the Church by receiving visiting researchers and responding to a constant stream of historical information requests.  He also noted initial implementation of the recommendations of a professional assessment of facilities conditions in the OCA Archives conducted by highly qualified consultants earlier this year.

Committee members heard a report by Gregory Shesko on the features of the digital loggers for monitoring temperature and humidity recently purchased with donations from committee members, while Dr. Anatol Shmelev delivered a presentation stressing the need for digitization of film, audio and video recordings in the immediate future, due to their limited shelf life.  In an effort to facilitate cooperation in the preservation of historical treasures throughout the Church, the committee also heard presentations on the collections at the museum of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery by its curator, Archpriest John Perich, while the Archivist of the Diocese of Alaska, Daria Safronova-Simeonoff, spoke on the archives preserved at Saint Herman’s Seminary.  She also indicated various archival “best practices” implemented in that repository.  Matthew Garklavs, a committee consultant, provided an update on his ongoing work in indexing and digitizing the minutes of the Holy Synod of Bishops since 1970.  Father John and Mr. Garklavs serve as committee consultants.

archivesMetropolitan Tikhon chairs meeting.

According to Mr. Liberovsky, the main focus of the meeting was to discuss the professional assessment of facilities conditions in the OCA Archives conducted earlier this year and to delineate priorities for implementation in terms of upgrading the current environmental conditions in the Chancery basement and improving preservation of the OCA Archives.  While acknowledging that the Archives cannot be adequately preserved in the basement in the long term, the Committee discussed several options for the Archives’ eventual relocation to a proper facility to ensure their adequate preservation for future generations.

Matushka Tamara Skvir outlined her volunteer efforts in assisting the OCA Archivist in processing a backlog of archival material.  The Archivist also reported on the assistance of an intern in the summer of 2015 and the prospects for intern assistance in the coming year.  Likewise, committee members discussed grant-funding possibilities.

The Archives Advisory Committee was established at the Spring 2013 Session of the Metropolitan Council to assess the housing, preservation and access needs of the OCA Archives and to develop strategic solutions.  Following their second meeting in February 2015, committee members offered a detailed presentation of goals and objectives to the Metropolitan Council.  [See related story.]  In September 2015, the Metropolitan Council allocated funding for professional assessment of facilities conditions in the OCA Archives.

Other members of the Archives Advisory Committee attending the meeting were Archpriest John Erickson; Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor; Lisa Mikhalevsky, Metropolitan Council Liaison; Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer; and Archpriest Eric Tosi, OCA Secretary.  Also serving on the committee but unable to attend the meeting were Dr. Jurretta Heckscher and Archpriest Vladimir von Tsurikov.

December OCAreview available for downloading, parish distribution
6 Dec 2016 at 10:29am

The December 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.

In October 2016, OCAreview began its second year of publication with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.  Each monthly edition features stories that had appeared on the OCA web site during the previous month.  Parishes are requested to download and duplicate each monthly edition for distribution, especially to those without internet access.  OCAreview also is ideal as a general monthly bulletin insert.

In addition, all parishes and clergy receive PDFs of the digest via e-mail.  Others who wish to receive the monthly e-mail version may subscribe at no charge.

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.

Minneapolis Cathedral Choir releases new Christmas CD
5 Dec 2016 at 5:07pm

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir is pleased to announce the release of its new recording featuring selections of hymns and carols celebrating the Great Feast of our Lord’s Nativity.

The nearly 60-minute disc includes settings of many popular favorites from the Nativity services celebrated in the Orthodox Church, along with some hymns never before recorded in English.  According to Deacon Gregory Ealy, the Cathedral’s Music Director, “this recording does something other Christmas recordings have not attempted.  It presents Orthodox hymnography from the liturgical year that foreshadows and prepares the Church for the incarnation of Christ.”

The disc includes hymns from the feasts of the Annunciation, Saint Andrew and Saint Nicholas and selections of prefestal chants.  Tracks are also included from the festal Vigil and Divine Liturgy, including the troparion (cathedral chant), kontakion (Bortniansky) and communion hymn (Carpatho-Russian chant).

“In a very real way, this recording takes the listener on a liturgical journey from the Annunciation to Christmas by way of the Church’s hymnography,” Deacon Gregory said.

The disc also features a variety of carols – many familiar to those of Slavic ancestry – and concludes with four carols written by American Orthodox composers, reflecting the beauty and richness of Orthodox Christianity in 21st century North America.

According to Dr. Vladimir Morosan of Musica Russica, “this enjoyable CD is a marvelous documentary of the venerable traditions of Saint Mary’s Choir, one of the longest-standing Orthodox church choirs in North America.”

The choir is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016, and the recording is the newest in a long line of recordings and public performances from the 70-plus member mixed ensemble.  The choir’s men’s chorale recently presented a benefit concert for Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, and the full choir will be presenting its annual Advent concert at the cathedral at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016.  The concert is free and open to the public.

A sampler of the CD is available along with a link to purchase the disc for $18.00 plus shipping and handling.  Bookstore discounts are available by emailing choir@stmarysoca.org for a promo code.

The Path
The Path Podcast

December 7, 2016
December 7, 2016

December 6, 2016
December 6, 2016