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.
You have friends, don’t you? You have somebody who will listen to you if you have a problem. You have somebody who will try to help, don’t you? We all should!
Today is the third Sunday after Pascha (Easter). That’s the day we hear about the paralyzed man, the man who had been sick for 38 years! Jesus saw this man, and he had compassion on him. He felt sorry for him and wanted to help. “Do you want to be healed?” Yes, of course the man wanted to be healed! But the poor man said, “I have no one…” to help me get healed. This man had nobody to help him. What a sad situation he was in!
Then we hear about how our Lord did help him. He told him to get up and walk, and he did! He had compassion. Jesus really thought about this man, and how he needed help!
Let’s always remember how our Lord has compassion on all of us. He wants to help us. Let’s remember too that even if we feel sad, or if we feel like things aren’t going right, we never have to say, “I have no one to help…” like the man in the Gospel today. Our Lord is always ready to help us!
SAINT HELEN AND THE NUNS OF THE DIVEYEVO CONVENT
Have you ever prayed for something very, very much? Well, we all try to pray to God and to the saints, so we can be close to them. When we talk to somebody, we grow closer to him or her, don’t we?
In Russia, in a place called Diveyevo, there is a holy convent where the nuns pray very much. They especially pray to the Holy Theotokos, the mother of our Lord, and they try to grow closer to her.
More than 150 years ago, some of the nuns dug a special path that goes around the whole convent. Every day, the nuns walk along the path (it’s called the Holy Canal of Diveyevo), and they pray to the Theotokos, “Rejoice Mary, full of grace…” Many people visit this holy place, and they join in the walk and in the prayers!
On Saturday, we remember one of the nuns who helped dig the Holy Canal. Her name is St. Helen, and she died in 1832, just around the time the path was finished. Now she is close to the Theotokos in heaven!
We celebrate St. Helen of Diveyevo Convent on Saturday, May 28th.
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