Would you like to meet a king? Usually, a king is a king because his father is a king, and his father is too. Being a king goes on down the line. We are getting closer and closer to Christmas, and we are almost ready to celebrate our Lord’s birth! Today in the Gospel, we hear the history of Jesus’s family. We hear many, many names, starting with Abraham and his son, and his son, and so on…all the way down to Joseph, Jesus’s earthly father.
In this long list, we hear the names of lots of kings! We hear of David and Solomon. We hear about Manassah and Josiah and Asa. Jesus had lots of
kings in his family history! In a way, Jesus had lots of royal connections.
Saint Anastasia: The Deliverer from Potions
Do you see the icon here? It’s Saint Anastasia, the Great Martyr. Do you think she looks rich and famous, or do you think she looks kind of simple and plain?
Saint Anastasia grew up in a rich family, and her father (who wasn’t a Christian) wanted her to marry a rich man (who wasn’t a Christian), and she’d be set up for life! Young Anastasia did marry the man, but she had other plans for her life, too. She wanted to serve her Lord. She wanted to help other Christians serve the Lord too! We celebrate St. Anastasia on Wed., December 22nd (OC: Jan. 4th).