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 wished a grown-up could understand you better? Maybe you wish your parents or your teachers could see things your way. Then, maybe they could understand how some things are hard for you, or how you might feel.
Today we celebrate the third Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of the Holy Cross. We remember how our Lord God became a person, so that He could save us! God became a man.
Sometimes we might wish grown-ups could understand us, but did you know that our Lord God really does understand us? God became human. He knows what it is like when we get tempted to do something. He knows what it is like when something hurts or when we are sad. He knows how it is hard to make choices sometimes. Christ understands!
In today’s epistle, we read, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Our Lord, Jesus Christ is God, but He also knows how we feel. He understands us. He feels sorry when things are hard for us. Let’s turn to Him, whenever we need help. Christ understands!
ST. CHRISTINA OF PERSIA: AN UNKNOWN SAINT
Sometimes, we can find tons of books about a saint. Think about Saint Constantine. He was an emperor who lived hundreds of years ago. We still know lots about him, what he did for the Church, and what his mother, Saint Helen, did too. We hear stories about other saints, about their lives, and about miracles they’ve helped with.
But there are thousands and thousands of other saints we don’t know much about at all. We might not know their names. We might not know where they lived. We might not know when they lived. We might not know what they did during their lives. And chances are, we won’t really know what they looked like.
This week we will remember Saint Christina. Really, the only thing we know about her is that she lived in Persia (today it is Iran). And we know that she was whipped again and again because she was a Christian. She died for her faith.
Here we are, 1700 years later. We still remember her because she did the noblest thing she could do! She kept her faith in our God. And that is what God asks each one of us to do. He wants us to be loyal to Him, just like Saint Christina was!
We celebrate St. Christina on Tuesday, Feb. 13th (Feb 26, OC).
Welcome to “The Children’s Word,” a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and print it, and share it with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends.
Each issue includes a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week. You’ll also find a coloring page and other activities. It is designed for a 8.5 x 14 page, so it can be printed and folded.
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