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.
Have you ever walked into a room, and maybe you didn’t notice that somebody was there? Maybe you thought you were all alone, or maybe you just noticed a friend or somebody you really wanted to talk to or see. Sometimes we might not see everything or everybody, or maybe sometimes we just don’t care.
In today’s Gospel reading (and in lots of other ones too), we hear how our Lord, Jesus Christ noticed somebody who needed help. A young man couldn’t see at all, and Jesus’s helpers brought him to be healed. Jesus noticed him. He touched his eyes and healed him!
When we read the Gospels, we read so many other stories like this one. We read how our Lord noticed people who needed help. The Bible tells us that God is with us, and God still notices people who need help. When we pray to God, we ask Him to notice us too and to help us.
God wants us to notice others too. When we see people who need help, we can do our best to help them. Remember, Christ didn’t ignore the blind or the sick or the lonely people or the people who couldn’t walk. He didn’t ignore the children either. Can you remember to pay attention to people who need help too?
SAINT GLYCERIA: A MARTYR OF THE ONE, TRUE GOD
In school, you have probably learned a little about the Greek myths. These stories about Zeus and Hercules and Poseidon and Athena (and many more) are all exciting stories. But sometimes we forget that people once really believed them!
Today, we remember a saint who lived in Greece during a time when most people believed in those many Greek gods. Saint Glyceria had learned about Jesus Christ and she decided to became a Christian. She knew that these Greek gods were all myths. She knew that there was really one, true God.
Once, the governor had a big festival, and everybody was supposed to sacrifice to the statues. Saint Glyceria was a Christian. She refused to worship something that wasn’t God. She saw the statue of Zeus and turned it over! When the governor saw this, he ordered all kinds of tortures for her.
Finally, Saint Glyceria was sent to be attacked by wild animals. One of them bit her, and she died. Saint Glyceria knew the truth, and she died for it. And now, God has rewarded her with a place in Heaven!
We celebrate St. Glyceria on Sunday, May 13th (May 26th, OC).
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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