I’m almost positive it happened over lunch. At a little French cafe on Main St in Sarasota, Florida, as I was enjoying a Salad Nicoise. That’s when the idea to do an art-filled book about the Greek Orthodox baptism ceremony came up — thanks to my good friend, Pat Kaufman.
Just back from NYC where she attended a Greek baptism, Pat was still overwhelmed by the experience. She described the beauty and the mystery. The rituals at the baptismal font. How she was moved by it all. But to her, it was much more aesthetic appreciation, than religious.
I didn’t mention that Pat’s an artist. Of course, that’s how she’d feel.
It seemed clear to me Pat should express her enthusiasm for the ceremony through her art. And I told her so. Maybe do a book. A gift book with lots of colorful illustrations that would explain the ceremony.
That was it. We both loved the idea, and before our lunch was finished, we had decided to do what we could to make the gift book happen. I would research, write and publish, Pat would create the art.
That was four years ago. Since then, ArtSource Publishing was formed, Child of Light: The Greek Orthodox Baptism Book is in church bookstores, as well as on Amazon, and we’ve gone on to publish other titles.
But back to the baptism ceremony. If you ever get a chance to go to one, by all means, don’t pass it up. And if you ever need a Greek Orthodox baptism gift, hopefully, you’ll remember this post and our gift book.
Here’s a remarkable fact from the book: The baptism ceremony in the Greek Church has remained basically unchanged for over 1500 years.