Holy Nativity of the Lord
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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.

All Saints Summer Camp!

All Saints Summer Camp will be at the same location this year as it has been in the past - Cooper Farms (www.cooperfarm.org) in Ledbetter, TX.  The director and staff are excited we are returning and they are working hard to make sure this is the best camp to date. Thankfully, due to our number of participants, we will once again have the entire campground to ourselves. 
 
The theme this year, as seen above, is "HERE I AM! - SEND ME." While the children and youth will study missions, hear from missionaries, engage in morning and evening prayer, learn about iconography, make prayer ropes, etc., they will also have a lot of fun at the Blob Pond, Ropes Course, Giant Swing, Zip Line, nightly pool parties, bonfires, etc. By bringing our Orthodox children and youth together for this week, they will experience spiritual growth, learn about missions, deepen old friendships and make new ones and enjoy the outdoors. 
 
This is the link to our camp website: www.allsaintssummercamp.org  All the information about summer camp is there. Participants can register and pay online or mail in a check. If you want to see more pics and videos from past Summer and Winter camps, visit out FB page- //www.facebook.com/OCAAllSaintsSummerCamp/
 
 
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

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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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Romanian Patriarch Daniel receives SVOTS President
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SVOTSFr. Chad Hatfield receiving the St. John Chrysostom Cross and Award from Patriarch Daniel [photo: basilica.ro/].

The President of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS], Archpriest Chad Hatfield, recently returned from a visit to Romania June 9–21, 2017, during which he met with key figures instrumental in renewing collaborative efforts between educational institutions of the Romanian Orthodox Church and SVOTS.  Cooperative ventures began in 2013, when SVOTS and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Bucharest signed a formal agreement allowing for student and faculty exchanges, dialogue, and co-publications.

Of particular importance was the reception of Father Chad by His Beatitude, Patriarch Daniel at the Patriarchal Residence on June 12, a meeting that centered on the topic of mission and evangelism.

“The Romanian Church has a strong interest in missionary outreach, and is particularly interested in the dynamism of American evangelism and how it might be ‘translated’ into catechetical work in Romania,” reported Father Chad, who teaches Pastoral Theology and Missiology courses at Saint Vladimir’s.  “I have greatly admired the theological, pastoral, and missionary spirit of Patriarch Daniel, and so I sought His Beatitude’s blessing and counsel as we reconnect in our mutual efforts in these areas, both on the American continent and in Romania.”

Patriarch Daniel in turn thanked Father Chad for supporting young Romanian Orthodox theologians studying at Saint Vladimir’s, and as an expression of gratitude, he presented Father Chad with the “Saint John Chrysostom Cross and Award for Theological Education,” the Romanian Patriarchate’s highest honor in that field.

During his time abroad, Father Chad also offered the homily for All Saints Sunday in Bucharest’s Church of Saint Paraskeva, pastored by Father Michael Tita, who also is personal counselor to Patriarch Daniel regarding Foreign Affairs and Inter-Church Relations.  He visited the construction site for the new cathedral scheduled to be built and named after the Apostle Andrew, which will be the seat of the Patriarch’s throne.  He also visited several renowned monasteries, as well as an orphanage that has been supported by members of the seminary’s Three Hierarchs Chapel for the past nine years.  Finally, he formally renewed the 2013 agreement between Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest, headed by Archpriest Stefan Buchiu, Dean, and visited the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Sibiu.

“As I travel around this country, I am amazed at the quality and volume of the media coverage in Romania, as regards Church news,” Father Chad observed.  “It is remarkable that Orthodox Christians receive such heightened professional publicity — compared to their US counterparts! — and I am gratified that this, too, is a means to spread the Gospel.  I hope to learn from our Romanian friends how to better use the media in our own evangelical efforts.”

Father Chad was accompanied during his travels by Alexandru Popovici, a native Romanian, who completed his Master of Arts degree in 2016 at Saint Vladimir’s and who now is employed as SVOTS’ Director of Web Services.

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Alaska’s 47th annual St. Herman Pilgrimage to be held August 7-9
22 Jun 2017 at 8:00am
spruce islandMetropolitan Tikhon blesses pilgrims during the 2015 pilgrimage to Spruce Island.

Hundreds of faithful are expected to participate in the 47th annual Saint Herman Pilgrimage to Spruce Island, home of North America’s first saint, August 7-9, 2017.

According to the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of Alaska, the pilgrimage will open on Monday evening, August 7, with the celebration of the Akathistos Hymn in honor of Saint Herman at Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral, in which his relics are enshrined.  The annual Bishop’s Tea will follow.

On Tuesday, August 8—the Feast of Saint Jacob Netsvetov—the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Resurrection Cathedral.  A grand banquet and introduction of pilgrims will follow at the Afognak Native Corporation Hall.  Vigil will be celebrated in the evening.

Boats will depart Kodiak for Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island early on the morning of Wednesday, August 9—the Feast of Saint Herman.  The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Saints Sergius and Herman of Valaam Chapel.  The original log chapel was built in 1805, while the present structure dates to 1898.  The chapel marks the burial site of Saint Herman.  After the Liturgy, pilgrims will enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Kodiak, where they will partake of a light soup dinner at Holy Resurrection Cathedral.

The pilgrimage schedule is subject to revision.  Check the Diocese of Alaska’s web site for updates and additional information.



MW Diocese to host fourth annual St. Macrina Conference August 11-12
21 Jun 2017 at 8:00am
MacrinaParticipants in the 2016 St. Macrina Institute.

The Diocese of the Midwest’s catechist and diaconal vocations program, the Saint Macrina Institute, will hold its fourth annual conference at the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center, Kansasville, WI August 11-12, 2017.

The conference theme—“The ‘Wedding Feast:’ Diakonia and the Celebration of Life in Union”—will be introduced by Hieromonk Alexii [Altschul], who will explore how sacramental life, mission and ministry work in marriage and the Church as the living image of a joyous wedding, calling all to union with God.

Other conference instructors will include Dr. Justin Jackson, Presvytera Rebecca Luft, Archpriest Elijah Mueller, Anna Strelka, Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos and others.

In addition to a variety of talks and diaconal and catechetical practicums, diaconal candidates will have the opportunity to meet with His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago, according to Father Elijah, who oversees the program.

Registration forms are available on-line.  The $190.00 per person registration fee includes all lodging and meals, instruction and conference materials.  Registration for commuters is $120.00.  In cases of financial hardship, please contact Father Elijah at elijahmueller@sbcglobal.net; 312-714-9775.




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