Have you ever tried to hide a light? Maybe you tried to hide a flashlight under your covers so you could read in bed. Did you get caught? In the Gospel reading, we hear what Jesus once told His disciples. “You are the light of the world…Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” This kind of light, Jesus says, can’t be hidden.

What is your light? As a Christian, your light is the light of Christ. When people see that you have the light of Christ, you just can’t hide it! Did you know that there have been saints who tried to live out in the wilderness? They wanted to live all alone so that they could focus on being close to God. They could pray. They could read. They could think about good things. These
were very holy people. But even in the middle of nowhere, they couldn’t hide this light of Christ. People still found them.

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a prince or princess? We think of all the excitement of parties and dedications and crowns and gowns, but many rulers had to face hard times! They had to make hard decisions. They worried about who would attack them. Sometimes their families were in danger because somebody else wanted to take the throne!
Saint Militsa was a princess of Serbia more than 600 years ago. She was a princess, but things were not easy for her! Her husband, the prince, was killed in a battle when he was defending the Holy Orthodox Church against the Ottomans. Her son
would grow up to be prince, but Militsa ruled until he was old enough to rule.

During her life, Militsa had to deal with lots of fighting—even in her own family! She tried to face everything in a peaceful way, with the love of Christ.

We remember St. Militsa, July 19th (OC: August 1st)


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.


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