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.
Do your parents ever go to meetings? Sometimes you might wonder what they do at all these meetings. Well, usually they probably meet with other people so they can discuss things, and work something important out.
Did you know the bishops of our Orthodox Church have important meetings too? Yes, they have had important meetings ever since the very beginning of the Church. Today, we celebrate one of the very most important meetings that ever happened in our Church. It was a council that happened 1,700 years ago. The bishops talked about who Jesus Christ is (some people had some mixed-up ideas about Him!) They talked about celebrating Easter (Pascha). They talked about baptism. They talked about other things too. That meeting lasted a whole month long!
Did you know all the bishops of the Orthodox Church will have another very important meeting—next week! Our Church leaders will talk about many big things so that our Church can stay close to Christ. In the Gospel today, we hear about how our Lord, Jesus Christ, prayed for His followers. He prayed, “Holy Father, keep them in your name…that they may be one, even as we are one.” Let’s pray too! We can pray that our Orthodox Church will be one strong Church, close to our Lord!
SAINT ANTIPATER BISHOP OF BOSTRA
If you had a map, you could find New York on it, couldn’t you? How about London? Moscow? How about Bostra? Bostra? Have you heard of it?
Bostra was an important city long ago. It’s in the country of Syria, where there were once many Christians. Bostra had its own bishop, and in the year 451, that bishop was named Antipater.
Saint Antipater was part of another important bishops’ meeting (like we hear about on page 1). He wrote lots of things, but we only have a little bit of it today.
We don’t know too much about Saint Antipater, but we do know that he loved the Church so much. He was another bishop who wanted to make sure that the Christian Church taught the right thing, the one true faith. We can pray to him to help guide our Orthodox Church on the right path!
We celebrate the feastday of Saint Antipater tomorrow, June 13th.
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