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.
We can have this “great light” of Christ in our lives too.
Nobody wants to sit in darkness! We can have this “great light” of Christ in our lives too. When we read about our Lord in the Bible, and when we try to be like Him, that “great light” makes our lives clear and bright too.
Imagine sleeping in your bed at night. Everything is dark. You can’t see anything, even your own hands. Then, suddenly, somebody flips on the lights. Now what? All of a
sudden, you can see everything! Everything is as clear as day.
The Gospel reading tells us about a different kind of light. This light is the light of Christ! The Gospel tells us how people had been waiting for a long time for this special light of Christ. The Gospel tells us how the words of the prophet came true, “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.”
Before Christ came into the world, it was like that darkness, as you lay in bed! The people didn’t know a lot about God. They didn’t know what was going to happen. They didn’t know what to expect.
SAINT GREGORY OF NYSSA: “THE FATHER OF FATHERS”
We celebrate St. Gregory, January 10th (OC: Jan 23rd).
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!
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 his brother, Saint Gregory too?
Saint Gregory did so much for our Christian Church. Long ago, lots of people were saying that our Lord, Jesus Christ, was not really God. They said the Son (Christ) was not equal with God the Father. But Saint Gregory argued and argued against these people. He showed that they were wrong.