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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.
Upcoming Episcopal Visit!
Bishop Alexander will be visiting us on Feb 1st - 3rd for the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Please join us on Feb 1 at 5:30om for vespers, meal and lecture and Tuesday morning at 10am for the Pontifical Divine Liturgy.
Eis Polla Eti Despota!
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.
Fr. Jason will begin scheduling house blessings on January 9th.
St. Basil's Home School Co-op
St. Basil's Homeschool Co-op
Registration for springs semester at St. Basil's Homeschool Co-op is now open. The cost is $100 per family per semester. School begins on January 9th. 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 spring 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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