Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
Every Time I Do My Cross, a thirty-page hardcover book, is new to children’s book shelves. I loved this book before I ever read it. The author, Presvytera Angela Alatzakis, shared her illustrations on Facebook and I was hooked. The images were calming, clean and gentle to the eyes, and when I had the book in my hands, I was even more convinced that this is my new favorite children’s book. The little boy we follow in this story smiles right at you as he shares his pride in making the sign of the cross. It’s just so sweet.
The story weaves when, how, and why a little boy (or girl) would make the sign of the cross, beginning with the start of the day and ending as he is once again tucked into bed. He wakes, gets dressed, goes to church and even to a soccer game, all the while remembering to thank God and the saints. It’s charming to see how, while he is making the sign of the cross, he is also praying, thanking, and blessing himself. Children can learn so much though reading or being read this book.
Presvytera Angela Alatzakis holds two Master’s degrees, one in Theological Studies and one in Early Childhood Education. She started the Orthodox Children’s Press and can be found through her blog of the same name. You can go to http://www.theorthodoxchildrenspress.com/ to read her posts or order the book.