I wanted to share the Greek Orthodox Christening book from Nicholas’ Christening at Christ the Saviour Church in Welling. It tells the story of the day so well and includes all the details that his mother and family arranged as well as formal portraits of the godparents and family. The cover has a classic, white theme chosen by Nicholas’ mother Cleo featuring his Christening clothes and cross.
It starts with details of Christ the Saviour church, including its carved wooden chairs, the greenery surrounding it in Welling and the priest preparing for the Christening, then switches to the family arriving.
Here is Nicholas’ special clothes – those he will be Christened in and which will absorb the oil he is anointed with – then those he will wear afterwards. On the right is a portrait of him and his mother Cleo before the Christening started.
Here are a few pages from the Christening itself featuring the godparents and Nicholas being put into the font, filled with warm water.
The book then switches to the reception, hosted at Cleo’s parents home, where she had been preparing for days. Cleo had a turtle theme with a large turtle cake as the feature and a selection of cupcakes with miniature turtles on the top of their icing. Turtle mugs and jars with turtle charms were given away as favours.
The remainder of the book had black and white reportage photographs of the Christening celebrations and ended with some of the family groups.
- You can see photographs from another Greek Orthodox Christening at St Sophia’s in West London.