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.
You’ve probably taken lots of baths in your life. But do you remember the best, most important one you ever took? Probably not, if you were baptized as a baby.
This week, we celebrate Theophany, one of the greatest feastdays of our Church! That’s the day our Lord, Jesus Christ, was baptized in the Jordan River. The Bible tells us that Jesus was baptized, and then He started his ministry. He started telling people about God. He started doing miracles— like helping blind people to see, healing sick people, feeding hungry people, and even raising dead people so they could live again! Christ’s baptism was at the beginning of all of this.
Did you know that when YOU were baptized, you started YOUR service to the Church too? You haven’t been preaching and doing miracles, but even as a kid, you are a part of Church, and you have work to do! When you pray, ask God to show you how you can help Him and His Church.
SAINT GENEVIEVE OF PARIS: “GREAT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD”
When Saint Genevieve was 8 years old, a bishop kissed her on the head and said, “She will be great in the sight of God.” He said many people would become Christian because of her. That was a prediction that really did come true! St. Genevieve lived during the 400s, when France was really changing from being pagan (idol worshipping) to becoming Christian. And St. Genevieve was a big part of that change!
Saint Genevieve lived a life very close to God. She became a nun, and she led some other nuns to pray for the city of Paris, France (where they lived). God listened to their prayers again and again, and He saved Paris from awful invaders when they prayed. The people of France asked Genevieve to help them, because they knew she had a gift from God. She could work miracles because of her closeness to God.