Take Up Your Cross

We can Joyfully Show our Crosses

Have you ever waved a flag? You probably have waved a flag at a parade or at a sports game. You see flags waving everywhere on the 4th of July! When we wave our flag, we are celebrating our independence. We thank God for our freedom. We are proud of the people who helped keep the rights God gave us. The flag is something that helps us remember our freedom! Today, we celebrate a special day in our Church. It’s the Sunday of the Holy Cross. We celebrate today because the Holy Cross helps us remember a different kind of freedom. When we see the Cross, we think ahead to the Resurrection. The Cross isn’t something sad for us, even though our Lord died on it. The Cross shows that Christ won. He won freedom for us!

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SAINT RUFUS: THE OBEDIENT

We celebrate St. Rufus on Thursday, April 8th (OC: April 21st).

Do you have a friend named Rufus? Probably not, but you might know of a dog named Rufus. Did you know it used to be the most popular dog name? It’s a name that’s easy to say when you call your dog to obey you! This week we celebrate a more special Rufus, who was known for being obedient. In fact, we hardly know anything about him, but 700 years after he lived, we Orthodox Christians still remember him as Saint Rufus the Obedient!

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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.