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.
How did people get ready for the very first Christmas?
How do YOU get ready for Christmas? Do you buy or make presents? Do you help cook a fancy dinner? Do you decorate the house? We all have ways of getting ready for the great day. But in today’s Gospel reading, we hear about how people had been getting ready for the very first Christmas.
They had been getting ready…for almost two thousand years! We hear, “Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob…” and so on, all the way down to Joseph and Mary.
Abraham lived almost two thousand years before Christ was born! Ever since then, the faithful people had waited. They got ready for the first Christmas. Not with fancy dinners or pretty Christmas trees, of course. They prayed that God would give them a Savior, somebody who would save the world. This Somebody was our Lord, Jesus Christ!
RIGHTEOUS SARAH: THE HOLY FOREMOTHER
Welcoming visitors is called “hospitality,” and today we celebrate a saint who welcomed some very special visitors. Sarah was the wife of Abraham. We call Abraham a forefather of our Lord, Jesus Christ, because he came before Jesus. He was like a great-great-great…grandfather. So, his wife Sarah, was a foremother of the Lord!
We celebrate St. Sarah, the Sunday before Christmas.