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 three small children: Lydia, Paul, and Silas. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Almost 50 years ago, America sent a spaceship to the moon! The astronauts took pictures of themselves standing on the moon. The pictures were shown in the newspapers, and on TV. The men brought moon rocks back for people to see. But do you know: Many people didn’t believe that somebody had really walked on the moon? Many people thought it was a big hoax, a joke. They just couldn’t believe the news.
Today, we celebrate the Sunday of Saint Thomas. We hear the Gospel story about how Jesus’ disciples were talking about how Christ had risen from the dead! But Thomas said that unless he really saw Jesus, “I will not believe.” He couldn’t believe this news unless he saw it for himself!
In the reading today, we also hear what Jesus said to Thomas after He appeared to him. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now, we are living almost 2,000 years after Christ rose from the dead. We are still celebrating the wonderful news that “Christ is risen!”
Always remember: Jesus promised that we are blessed because we believe in Him, even though we haven’t seen Him!
SAINT EMMELIA, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
This week, have you noticed people scrambling to find presents for their mothers? You might see some people reading greeting cards, or buying flowers at a shop. Today is Mother’s Day, and all the restaurants will be packed with families. They are all saying “thank you” to their mothers for the good things they do for them!
But today we also celebrate a wonderful saint, who was a wonderful mother, too! Her name is Saint Emmelia. Four of her children are saints in our church too—including our friend, Saint Basil the Great! Saint Basil wrote about his mother, and he said that his mother and his grandmother (Saint Macrina) were the ones who taught him the Christian faith. Saint Emmelia is called the “mother of saints,” because she really is!
We can think of lots of gifts to give our mothers, but the best gift is the one that God wants from us too! We can try to be good Christians, close to God and close to His church, loving our families, and even loving strangers. And the best gift your mother can give YOU is to help you to do that! Happy Mothers’ Day to Saint Emmelia!
We celebrate the nameday of St. Emmelia today, Sunday, May 8th.
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