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.
Laughing at God?
Has anybody ever laughed at you? Not with you, but at you? Sure! We all do things that are silly. But today in the Gospel reading, we hear about some people who laughed at our Lord, Jesus Christ! Can you imagine? A man named Jairus rushed to find Jesus because his daughter was so sick. On the way to the man’s house, Jesus told them that the girl would get better. But when Jesus got to the house, He found the family very sad. “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping,” our Lord told them. Then they laughed at Jesus, because they knew that she was dead. They laughed, because they didn’t believe Him! Christ healed the girl anyway, and she even got up and had dinner! That was a very serious thing to laugh at! People might laugh at you sometimes, even when you are being serious. Maybe when you bow your head to pray at lunchtime, or if you make the sign of Cross before a test, or when you ride in a friend’s car. But always remember to be strong. Know that our loving and powerful Lord is with you, just as He was with the young girl in the Gospel story today!
ANGELS: What are they and how can they help me?
Did you know God has some special helpers? They’re called angels! The word “angel” means messenger, because God sends them to give messages to us on earth! Lots of people say they believe in angels— even people who don’t believe in God. But we’ve all seen pictures of cute little angels flying around with little wings, playing the trumpet or harp. Let’s find out what angels really are! God has lots of different kinds of angels. They serve God. They follow Him and do things for Him. They don’t have bodies like we do, and they are invisible. The different angels all have different jobs. Some try to help us to have more love for God. Some try to help us learn more about God. Some try to help us be better people—to remember God’s rules and to do them. Archangels tell good news. Remember Gabriel, who told Mary she was going to have a baby? He is an archangel. Each one of us also has a guardian angel who protects us. You can pray to your guardian angel! Ask him to watch over you at school, at home, when you’re playing and even sleeping!
Today we celebrate the feastday of the angels, especially the Archangels, Michael and Gabriel.
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