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 heard somebody say, “I wish you well” or “Take care”? Or maybe you have heard “Be well” or even “Have a nice day!” Sometimes we might give somebody a greeting when we say goodbye. In today’s epistle reading, we read a greeting that Saint Paul writes to the Christians living in Galatia. When Saint Paul writes his letter, he ends it with these
words: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.”
Isn’t this the best thing we can say to somebody, when we wish him well? What could be better than to wish somebody the grace of our Lord? It’s good for this life and the next life in heaven too! When we say, “Have a nice day,” that just lasts for a day, but if we have the grace of Christ with us, then it lasts for forever.
BAREFOOT IN THE SNOW: SAINT LAMBERT OF BELGIUM
Has anybody ever blamed you for something you didn’t do? What did you do next? Did you argue? Did you fight? Did you
cry out, “I didn’t do it!” Did you blame somebody else? This week we celebrate a saint who didn’t do any of those things! Saint Lambert was a bishop in Maastricht (today that’s the country of Belgium). For a while, he lived as a humble
monk. Once, during the night, Saint Lambert woke up to go pray. He accidentally made too much noise and the abbot said that the person who made the noise had to go stand in front of the cross, barefoot, and in the snow.
We celebrate Saint Lambert on Thursday, Sept. 17th (OC: Sept. 30th).
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.
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.