Holy Nativity of the Lord
Orthodox Church in America
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Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule 


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

Saturday

   
Sunday

 
Presanctified
10:00am


Bridegroom Matins
6:00pm 
(1hr)
 
Presanctified
10:00am


Bridegroom Matins
6:00pm
(1hr)

Presanctified 
10:00am


Holy Unction
6:00pm 
(1.5hrs -2hrs)


 
Vesperal Liturgy 10:00am

Matins (12 Passion Gospels)
6:00pm 
(2 1/2 hrs)   
 
  
Royal Hours 9:00am (2 hrs)


Great Vespers
(placement of the Holy Shroud in the tomb) 
3:00 (1hr)

Lamentation
7:00 (2hrs)

Reading through the Night 
 
Vesperal Baptismal Liturgy 
10:00am (3hrs)

Midnight Services
10:30

Meal to follow 
 
   
 
Agape Vespers
12:30pm

Meal, Egg Hunt and games to follow 

 

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.

Episcopal Visit!

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

Catechumens

Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
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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Planting Grant Missions:  Focusing on the ups and the downs!
22 Apr 2017 at 9:00am
WasilaBlessing the stream on the mission’s property on the Great Feast of Theophany.

Saint Juvenaly and His Companion Mission, Wasilla, AK, recently was awarded a second-year Church Planting Grant from the Orthodox Church in America.

“It has been a great help for our mission to receive this grant,” said Archpriest Mikel Bock, Priest-in-Charge, who has been a part of other missions that started with little and has witnessed how through consistent prayer and work they were able to grow.  “This grant helps relieve some of the financial worries of the priest, so that more focus can be put into the mission, and all missions have their ups and downs.”

WasilaFr. David Rucker conducts a mission seminar at St. Juvenaly Mission.

And Saint Juvenaly’s, like all missions, has had its ups and downs, Father Mikel added.

“When Saint Juvenaly’s was planted, it was said that anyone can build a building, but building a church begins inside each and every one of us,” Father Mikel continued.  “The commitment that we make to Christ is to carry the message of the Gospel to as many as we can throughout our community—this is how a church grows.  This same commitment to Christ and His church is what gets us through the ups and downs that take place.”

Father Mikel is quick to add that “this commitment we make also has to be long term, because it is very easy on the downside to get discouraged.  We have to remember that if we are fulfilling Christ’s will, He will provide.

WasilaFaithful receive Communion during Vesperal Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday 2017.

“Because of seasonal work, some months’ finances are good, while others not so good, but the Planting Grant offers the ability to focus on the work of the church, which helps the church become more stable and grow,” Father Mikel continued.  “Many outreach programs have been established already, but the goal is to be more prominent in aiding those who are in need, whether the sick, less fortunate, or people in prison.”

Father Mikel noted that “one of the good things about having our own building is that we are able to hold services often.  Throughout the year, we celebrate services for all the major and minor feasts, as well as for many of the saints’ commemorations, which helps bring the people together more often.  We are fortunate to have a stream on the back of the property, with a warm spring, which is ideal for Theophany, no matter how cold it gets.”

As with all growing mission communities, the faithful of Saint Juvenaly’s anticipate ongoing work and ministry, from the spiritual to the physical.

WasilaFaithful celebrate Holy Pascha.

“The Planting Grant enables me to be available for the building up of the community, whether it be through the celebration of services and sacraments or for counseling, visits and talks,” Father Mikel said.  “We visit the men’s prison—an hour and a half drive—three to five times every month, in addition to the women’s prison.  And then there are always those things that need to be done around the church.  The planting Grant has been a great help, and will continue to be a help in bringing the faith to the Wasilla area.”

Follow the growth of Saint Juvenaly Mission on-line.



STM Press soliciting church photos for 2018 calendar
20 Apr 2017 at 10:58am
Church

Parishes of the Orthodox Church in America are invited to submit photos that will be featured in the Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Press 2018 Calendar.

“We are currently seeking photos depicting the beautiful interiors of our OCA churches,” said Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery.  “Selected photos will be featured in next year’s calendar.  We also hope to receive photos taken throughout the liturgical year and interior photos taken from unique angles and perspectives.”

Each parish is invited to submit a maximum of three [3] high resolution photos, which should be sent as attachments to monasteryinfo@gmail.com.  Please include the parish’s name and location, the name[s] of the parish clergy, and contact info.

“Photos selected for publication will be credited appropriately,” Father Sergius added.  “We anticipate that 23,500 copies of the 2018 calendar will be printed.”



Metropolitan Tikhon to address international conference in NYC May 1–4
19 Apr 2017 at 8:30am
Arvo Part

The music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt — considered “spiritually powerful” by a large and widely diverse audience — will provide the basis for an exploration of the relationship between sound and the sacred at an upcoming international conference in the heart of New York City’s arts scene.  Musicologists, art historians, performance artists, experts in architectural acoustics, and renowned scholars and theologians will gather for the event, titled “Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred”, May 1–4, 2017.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will be among the conference speakers.  He will be offering theological reflections on the conference theme in a presentation titled “The Sound of Silence: The Appeal of Arvo Pärt to the Human Heart.”

The conference, which is open to the public, will be held in McNally Amphitheater at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, 140 West 62 Street, New York, NY.  Additionally, a public musical performance of Pärt’s music with the Goeyvaerts String Trio+, organist and Pärt scholar Andrew Shenton, and percussionist Yousif Sheronick, will be held on Wednesday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Church, 213 West 82 Street, New York, NY.

The event is being hosted by the Sacred Arts Initiative and the Arvo Pärt Project at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University.  Support for each event is generously provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Other confirmed speakers and participants include Andrew Albin, Peter Bouteneff, Jeffers Engelhardt, Kevin C. Karnes, Alexander Lingas, Ivan Moody, Bissera Pentcheva, Robert Saler, Andrew Shenton, Toomas Siltan and Sevin Yarman.  An exclusive filmed interview on the conference theme with Paul Hillier, a specialist in Pärt’s music and world-renowned choral conductor, will also be screened.  Additionally, musical performances will be interwoven with presentations and discussion sessions.

“Arvo Pärt’s music is frequently connected with experiences of the sacred,” noted Professor Peter C. Bouteneff, Director of the seminary’s Sacred Arts Initiative and Arvo Pärt Project, “and although the composer’s own religious affiliation is Orthodox Christian, his music carries an appeal beyond confessional and religious boundaries, and even crosses over customary distinctions between classical and popular music, sacred and secular art, liturgical space and concert hall.

“Moreover, Pärt’s music has been explored musicologically — and more recently through the lens of spirituality — but it has not yet be studied in terms of the more basic elements of sound and embodiment,” Prof. Bouteneff continued.  “So, at this conference, we will seek to break new ground, in exploring how music achieves its visceral and spiritual effect on human beings through the materiality of the movement of air impressing itself on the human body.”

Additional conference details and concert tickets are available on-line.




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