It is such and honor and blessing to interview Presvytera Christie Kyriacou! She is the author of the wonderful Orthodox children’s book, My Forty Day Blessing Book.
The story, which is beautifully written, tells children in a memorable and heartfelt way, all about the day they received their Forty Day Blessing. One of my favorite parts of the book, is a line placed within the story for the child or family member to write their name. I feel this addition makes the blessing so much more understandable and personal for the child reading it, which I love! I am so thankful that she wrote this important book, and I can’t wait to reading more of her books in the future! You can find her wonderful book here at Light and Life Publishing!
Hello my Name is: Presvytera Christie Kyriacou
My patron saint is: Jesus Christ
As a child, my favorite children’s book was: Helen Keller’s biography. I read it so many times that I started keeping tally marks on the last page each time I finished it. I remember at least 12 marks.
The name of my book: My Forty Day Blessing
What inspired me to write it: I was looking for a way to reach as many Orthodox Christians as possible. One faith tradition that virtually all Orthodox families have experienced in some way is the forty day blessing. Some have questioned why we, as Orthodox, have traditions. Some have even said that we do not know why we do things the way we do and I have found this to be true in many cases. One of my goals is to learn as much as I can and to, in turn, share knowledge with others about why our traditions are biblical and edifying. I made the choice to write the book in very simple language so that even the youngest of readers could engage in the story.
What you should know about this book: I am humbled that so many churches across America have purchased this book in bulk to gift to young mothers as they experience their own Forty Day Blessings. A percentage of each sale is donated to our St. Demetrios Building Fund for the construction of our new church in Camarillo, California. We have been worshiping in an old Air Force chapel for many years and we are have been out-growing our shoes for some time!
If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: If you ever grow to doubt Orthodoxy, do not abandon it for what sparkles and shines at the time. Instead, ask questions, research, and learn. You will find the most beautiful jewel, the original Christian church, and truth that can be linked to the apostles and to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Himself.