April 3rd

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I wanted to thank you for allowing me to serve as your children’s teacher, and to tell you a few things about myself. I am married to Relian Pirvulescu and we have two boys, Zian and Luca. I currently serve as a Newcomer Program Specialist for Houston ISD. Previously, I was a campus coordinator, and have taught at the elementary as well as secondary level. Father Iulian has been my father confessor for over ten years, so I am so happy that our little community has found roots. I believe that raising our children in Christ is the most important path to follow, and that is why I want to ensure you of my dedication to our program.

Your servant in God,
Lia Oprea
[email protected]

The Children’s Word: Our Lord on the Cross
from the OCN magazine The Children’s World.

Just two days ago, you might have heard about April Fools’ Day. That’s the day people play jokes on other people. They try to make the other feel silly or like a “fool.”
Today is the third Sunday of Lent, when we remember the Holy Cross. In the Gospel, we hear about how we might have to give up something if we really want to follow Jesus Christ. Today, we look at the Cross, and we see the power of God!
But in another part of the Bible, we read how some people might make fun of us Christians because we worship Christ, Who really died on a Cross! That part says, “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” So some people might think we are fools— like we are silly or stupid—for worshiping Christ!
Did you know people have made fun of Christians for hundreds and hundreds of years? Archaeologists found a picture from 1,800 years ago. The picture is of a donkey on a Cross. The person who drew it was making fun of our Lord, and also making fun of a Christian who believed in Him! Always remember: Being a Christian might be hard sometimes, but the Cross shows us the power of God, and the love God has for us!

Suggested Weekly Activities

SundayApril 3
Holy Cross Take home a flower from the cross
Epistle: St. John’s First Universal Letter 4:20-21;5:1-21
Gospel: Mark 15:1-15
MondayApril 4
Great Compline Forgive someone who hurt you
Epistle: St. John’s Second Universal Letter 1:1-13
Gospel: Mark 15:20,22,25,33-41
Tuesday April 5
Do something nice for a teacher
Epistle: St. Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:13-17
Gospel: Luke 21:8-9,25-27,33-36

WednesdayApril 6
Say a special prayer for your neighbors
Matins: John 20:1-10 Epistle: St. Paul’s First
Letter to the Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Thursday April 7
Donate a food item for someone in need
Epistle: St. John’s Third Universal Letter 1:1-15
Gospel: Luke 19:29-40; 22:7-39

FridayApril 8
Pray to the Panagia
Epistle: St. Jude’s First Universal Letter 1:1-10
Gospel: Luke 22:39-42, 45-71; 23:1

SaturdayApril 9
Read a favorite Bible story with your family
Matins: Luke 21:12-19
Epistle: St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 12:1-10
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

Prayer

Lenten Prayer Of St. Ephrem The Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother,
for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Questions for older students

  1. What did we learn about the Son of Man when we read Matthew 25:31-41 (The Last Judgment) five weeks ago?
  2. What does the Son of Man do according to that gospel? When does he do it?
  3. What do we find out about the Son of Man in this Gospel?
  4. Why is it significant that the one who separates the people one from another is also the one who will be mocked and killed by them?
  5. The gospel from February talks about the Son of Man coming in his glory.
  6. What would it mean if his coming in glory were his being mocked and killed?
  7. Who do we know did all these things? Do you think his death on the cross was his coming in glory? Why or why not?

We are working on a show for Pascha celebration. Please practice with your student at home, once they
receive their material. I will keep you posted.

Other Resources:

Orthodox board on Pinterest: Orthodoxy

Reminders:

Please fill out a Sunday School application.
While all children at any time are welcome to participate, it would greatly help us to have the
forms filled out for accountability purposes. We also have Stuartship cards next to them.