The Children’s Word: A Good Routine

The Children’s Word: A Good Routine

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Do you know what a routine is? It’s the way you do something, especially when it’s in a special order. You probably have a routine for how you get ready for school in the morning. First you get out of bed, then you get dressed, then you have breakfast, then you brush your teeth, and so on. Routines are good, because then we don’t forget anything!

In our prayers, we have routines too. First, we might say, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Then usually we say a prayer to the Holy Spirit. You know it, don’t you? It starts, “Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth…” Before we start any of our prayers, we ask the Holy Spirit to come and be with us!

Today is the great feast of Holy Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit came to be with the holy Apostles. They were Jesus’ followers and helpers. We know that the Holy Spirit is God, and of course, it’s so important to pray to Him! In the Bible, we hear how our Lord, Jesus Christ tells us to ask for the Holy Spirit!

Can you make a routine for your prayers? Remember to pray to Holy Spirit first, and He will help you to pray and be close to God!

SAINTS INNA, PINNA, AND RIMMA WORSHIPING THE SON OF GOD

Tomorrow is the summer solstice. Do you know what that means? If you live in the northern half of the world, it’s the longest day of the year. The sun shines longer that day than any other day of the year.

Long ago, many people were pagans. They worshiped many false gods. Sometimes, they even worshiped the sun, or a “sun god.” This day, the summer solstice, was a big party for them because it’s the day you see the sun the most! (Did you know that some people still do worship the sun?)

Saints Inna, Pinna, and Rimma were three saints who lived when most people were pagans. These three saints learned about Christ from the apostle Andrew, and St. Andrew baptized them. Then, they taught lots of pagan people about Christ too, and they baptized them and made them Christians! Sadly, the pagan prince captured the three men. He made them stay in an icy river until they died. But these saints wanted to worship the true Son—the Son of God, Jesus Christ—not the sun we see in the sky. And now they are with Him forever!

We celebrate the feastday of these saints tomorrow, June 20th.

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Presvytera Alexandra Houck

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.