A Greek Orthodox Painting of St. Lydia
"On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, 'If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,' and she prevailed on us."
-Acts 16:13-15

" When they had come out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house where they saw and encouraged the brothers, and then they left."

-Acts 16:40

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Elusive Baptism Site

Photo Credit: www.paulandgreece.com

Shortly after I began this page, I discovered to my delight that there is a place traditionally held to be the site of St. Lydia's baptism. The spot itself is preserved near a shrine to St. Peter. Not too far from the spot is a church dedicated to St. Lydia. Unfortunately, I can find very little on this place. The only mentions of it so far are on travel sites. My goal then, is to find out about the site and about the Greek Orthodox church in St. Lydia's honor. I am including in this post the best picture I have found of the spot so far.
Hopefully there is some more info out there somewhere. Perhaps I will have to go and visit the site myself to fully find out what is available.

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