Have you ever watched the sun rise? Maybe you woke up very early one morning, even while it was still dark out. You might have seen how the sun started to make everything light, even before you could really see the sun.
Today, in the Gospel reading, we hear about where our Lord, Jesus Christ, lived. Remember, He grew up in a place called Nazareth. But then, He moved a little ways away in the land of Zebulun and Naphtali. But why does all that matter?

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa: Saint Basil’s Brother
Do you have a brother or a sister? If you do, you might have heard somebody call you, “Peter’s sister” or “Maria’s brother,” or whomever. Sometimes you might have thought you don’t have a name, just somebody’s brother or sister!

Tomorrow we celebrate a saint with a very well-known brother. Saint Gregory of Nyssa was the younger brother of Saint Basil, and everybody loves Saint Basil. We celebrated his day on the first of January. In Greece, children get little presents on that day, and they remember Saint Basil. But do you know Saint Gregory too?


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.


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