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.
Are you a member of a club? Clubs are for people who share some kind of interest. If you’re on a sports team or in scouts or a chess club or dance group, you share something with the other members, don’t you? It’s a special group just for people like you.
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear how our Lord came to save everybody, not just people in a special club, not just people like Him. In the story, we hear how a woman begged Jesus to help her sick daughter. The problem was that she wasn’t Jewish, like Jesus and His disciples were. “Send her away!” the disciples said. But our Lord did not send her away. She begged Him again to help her, and He listened to her. He knew she was a faithful woman. And He healed her daughter instantly!
Let’s always remember that Jesus Christ came to save everybody—not just a special group or a special club. When we see somebody who is different from us, let’s remember that our Lord came to save him too. Let’s remember how, “God so loved the world”—the whole world, not just a special little part of it!
SAINT LEO THE GREAT Pope of Rome
On Wednesday, we celebrate the feastday of Saint Leo the Great, Pope of Rome. A pope? That sounds like he was Catholic, not Orthodox! Actually, Saint Leo was both! Many years ago, there was one Christian Church, all together.
Saint Leo was a strong Christian leader. He lived about 1600 years ago, when the one Christian Church was attacked by all kinds of heresies. (A heresy is something that is different from the truth). Saint Leo fought against those heresies—not with a sword, but by teaching people the truth. He wanted everyone to know what we Christians really believe!
Saint Leo wrote many things that we can still read today—hundreds and hundreds of years after he wrote them! Do you think you can try to remember one little thing he wrote? In one sermon, he said, “Christians, remember your dignity.” He told the people how, as Christians, we have to show that we’re different, always trying to do the right thing. We try not to get mixed up in things we know are wrong or bad. “Christians, remember your dignity.” As Christians, we are special followers of Christ, and we want to be like Him!
We celebrate the nameday of St. Leo on Wednesday, February 18th.
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