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 played a game with somebody…somebody who wouldn’t admit when he was wrong? Maybe he stepped out of bounds, but then he wouldn’t admit it! Maybe he peeked in hide and seek, but then he wouldn’t admit it! You know how frustrating it is when somebody won’t say when he did the wrong thing!
We hear an epistle reading by Saint Paul. Saint Paul is one of the greatest saints of our Church. He did so much to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. He was one of God’s best workers! But did you know something? In the epistle reading, Saint Paul admits he made mistakes. He writes, “I am the first of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason,
that in me, as the first, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.”
SAINT ANDREI RUBLEV: AN ICONOGRAPHER SAINT
We celebrate St. Andrei on Friday, January 29th (OC: Feb. 11th).
When you kiss an icon, do you ever think about who painted it? Probably not! When we kiss an icon, we think about the person in the icon. We ask for their prayers. We show we love and honor the person in the icon!
This week, we remember a saint who painted icons, but who is also a saint himself! Saint
Andrei Rublev lived in Russia 600 years ago. We don’t know too much about his life. We
know he worked on a cathedral in Russia. We know he had a famous teacher from Greece who came to Russia to work on icons there. We know Saint Andrei became a monk. All along he trained to be a master icon painter, an iconographer.