The idea of a one stop shopping experience for all the baptismal items seemed like an awesome idea and something we wanted to offer to our customers. Therefore, we created the “Baptismal Basket”. Much thought went into what items we would include in this considering the cultural and Orthodox Church traditions.
Upon doing our search, we learned that many vendors in the U.S. import their products from Greece. It was something we looked into briefly for some of the products. Due to the hassle and expense of shipping, methods of payments required, we decided to use products we can find in the U.S. We also took into consideration what people in our area would like to see in this basket. One of our biggest challenges were the ladopana (oil clothes).
At the end we felt happy with what we chose and the baptismal basket became our signature product:
Our Baptismal Baskets are specially designed and created to assist the Godparents with the preparation of the baptism. We have carefully selected our collection of items needed in keeping with tradition of the Orthodox Church. The white ladopana are the first clothes put on the baby after the sacrament of baptism. They serve the purpose of absorbing the blessed oil. For our ladopana we chose an All in One cloth diaper which needs no diaper cover and is easily rinsed out to dispose of the blessed oil properly, and a 100% white cotton onesie which covers the diaper. Along with these items we have coordinated the sheet and the bottle for the olive oil which can be repurposed as a small vase. The candles are also included. All items are placed in a woven, keepsake basket to be transported to the church.
Greek Word of the day…
Ladopana (oil clothes)-first clothes the baby puts on after the baptism that are supposed to be white and are meant to absorb the blessed oil from the sacrament.