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.
Today is Palm Sunday! This is the day we celebrate when our Lord, Jesus Christ came into Jerusalem. This was a big celebration for Jesus’s followers then, and it still is a big celebration for Jesus’s followers today!
Lots and lots of people lined up to welcome Christ into Jerusalem. They waved palm branches just like we wave our flags in a 4th of July parade. They even spread their clothes on the ground so the donkey could walk on them!
So many people cheered for Christ on Palm Sunday. But do you remember what happens at the end of the week? Jesus, our Lord, is put to death and is crucified. And who is with Him at the end? When He was on the Cross, just a few people were with Him—His mother, His disciple (John), and a few women. That wasn’t the great crowd of people who were with Him had when He entered Jerusalem!
Let’s always remember to try to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ, ALWAYS! Let’s be with Him not just when it is popular, but even when it is not popular. Let’s stick with Him when it is easy and when it is hard. Let’s turn to Him today on Palm Sunday and on Holy Friday, too! After all, He is with US always.
BLESSED JOSEPH WHO FORGAVE HIS BROTHERS
Tomorrow we begin Holy Week, and on each day of Holy Week we remember something or somebody different. Tomorrow, on Holy Monday, we remember Blessed Joseph.
Have you heard the story of St. Joseph (not the one who took care of Mary, the Theotokos)? This is the Joseph from the Old Testament, the one who lived more than a thousand years before Christ was born.
Joseph had eleven brothers. They were jealous of Joseph because their father, Jacob, loved him so much. The brothers took Joseph one day, threw him in a pit, and then sold him into slavery! But many years later, the brothers found Joseph, and they didn’t recognize him. Joseph forgave his brothers, even though they had treated him so horribly. He saves his brothers from hunger.
Why do we remember Blessed Joseph tomorrow, on Holy Monday? Because when we think of Joseph’s story, we think of our Lord, Jesus Christ’s story. His own people treated Him so horribly too. But in the end, He forgives all, and wants to save us all too!
We remember Blessed Joseph tomorrow, April 2nd, on Holy Monday.
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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