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.
Don’t you love it when friends and relatives come over for a visit? Maybe you will have some relatives over for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or maybe a birthday! When somebody comes to our house, we might get excited as we get everything ready! Do you know that the most important visitor has come to see us too? This visitor was Jesus, and He came to earth to be with us!
SAINT CORONA: A MARTYR’S CROWN
We celebrate Sts. Victor and Corona on Wed., Nov. 11th (OC: Nov 24).
Have you ever seen a picture of a king or a queen or a princess or prince? What do they wear on their heads? A crown, of course! A crown shows they rule over somebody; a crown shows how special they are.
This week, we celebrate a saint who wears a different kind of crown. In our church, we talk about a crown for a martyr, somebody who died for his or her faith. Saint Corona’s name even means “crown” in Latin. (She is also known as Saint Stephanie, which means “crown” in Greek.) Saint Corona was not a queen or a princess. Instead, she was married to a military man, who died when she was still pretty young. She grew up as a Christian, but her Christian faith grew even stronger when she saw another saint, Saint Victor, die as a martyr. Saint Victor was hurt so much and even killed by the pagan rulers. Saint Victor showed others his bravery, and he showed how much Christ meant to him. He showed that he would rather die than give up his Christian faith!