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.
What does it take to be rich? Did you know some people spend their whole lives asking this question? How can I be rich? In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story of a rich man and a poor man named Lazarus.
The rich man enjoyed big feasts and wore fancy clothes. The poor man, Lazarus, didn’t have such fun. He lay on the ground, with sores all over his body. He hardly had any food to eat. The Gospel says that the dogs licked him, as he lay there!
We hear this story every year and every time we hear it, we can learn something new! One of the greatest saints of our Church, Saint John Chrysostom, wrote lots of sermons about this Gospel reading. In one of them, he tells us what it really means to be rich.
SAINTS KOSMAS AND DAMIAN: THE HOLY DOCTORS
We celebrate Sts Kosmas and Damian today, Nov. 1st (OC: Nov 14).
Have your parents ever taken you to the doctor? Well, of course they have. Sometimes we go for check-ups to make sure everything is going ok. Other times we might get hurt or sick, and we need a doctor to help
Today, we celebrate two doctors who were brothers, and they are saints too! When the two boys were young, their father died, and their
mother did everything she could to raise her sons as strong Christians. She also gave them the best medical training, too. Kosmas and
Damian knew that being a Christian is not just something for Sundays at church! They practiced their Christian faith every day, and especially while they worked as doctors. They refused to accept payment for their work. They helped many, many people to become well again, especially
the poor, who had nobody else to help them.