Greetings in the name of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ!
We welcome you to the website of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. The purpose of this website is to provide an introduction to the Orthodox Church and to our parish, and to provide resources for our members. We come from a variety of backgrounds, and always welcome visitors to our services, which are all in English. If you are a first-time visitor or have any questions regarding the Orthodox Church or our parish, please feel free to contact our priest. We invite you to browse this website, and to "come and see," joining us in worship of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God mystically led him from his native homeland to the shores of the American continent.
He had a submissive attitude to the providence of God.
He loved the people of God.
Though during his lifetime he was neither a wonder-worker nor a clairvoyant elder, St. Raphael embraced a life of total abandonment of self for the service of God and his fellow man: a life of true spiritual asceticism. (from The Life of Our Father among the Saints Raphael Hawaweeny from Antiochian.org)
If he did not work miracles, what did Saint Raphael do? He hopped on the train! On his first trip, he visited 30 cities between New York and California. He fed the spiritually hungry people with the word of God in each place where he stopped. He performed marriages and baptisms, heard confessions, and celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the homes of the faithful where there was no church building. In other words, he zealously fulfilled his ministry as a preacher of the Gospel, enduring many hardships and afflictions, and he was watchful in all things concerning the care of his flock (2 Timothy 4:5). (From Antiochian Village Camp Website)
As our Parish History explains, in 1914 while stopping over in Shreveport during a cross-country train trip, he and the local faithful decided to found an Orthodox church under his pastoral care.
We -- the spiritual children of Father Raphael, the product of his prayers, the faithful of St. Nicholas -- have the precious opportunity to rejoice with our beloved saint.
Saturday, November 2
Orthros at 8am
Liturgy at 9am
Afterwards, we will undertake a mini-pilgrimage to downtown on the old platform where Union Station used to stand. We we will hold torches and icons and process around the platform singing "Rejoice O Father Raphael."
You can also read more about St. Raphael here.
May we, too, have hearts that are soft and can be led by God.
May we, too, be submissive to God's leading.
May we, too, have love.
St. Raphael, pray for us!