Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
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Have you ever stopped to think why we go to church on Sunday? What’s so special about that day? Well, we find out today, on Pascha, the greatest day of the year.
Today, you know, we celebrate the greatest feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the day He rose from the dead! Today, and all through this beautiful season, we hear a special hymn that tells us just how great this day is. “This is it, the day which is chosen and holy, Day One of the Sabbaths. It is the queen-day, the Lord’s day, and the Feast of all feasts.”
We celebrate today, on this Easter Sunday, because it is the Feast of all feasts. But we celebrate every Sunday, because each one is like a little Easter. We remember back to the big Feast, and we celebrate some more together! Always remember that today is the biggest, best feast of the year! Today, we don’t mow the yard or go to a baseball game or fold our socks or do our homework! Today is the best day ever! “This is it!”
Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Today we celebrate Saints Nicholas, Raphael, and Irene.
Welcome to “The Children’s Word,” a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and print it, and share it with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends.
Each issue includes a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week. You’ll also find a coloring page and other activities. It is designed for a 8.5 x 14 page, so it can be printed and folded.
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