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The Who, What, Where and When of
Baby Blessing Ceremonies
Face to face, hand to hand with this
perfect creation we feel compelled to whisper, "It's a miracle...."
In this child we see infinite potential and we place great hope.
Congratulations on the
birth of your new baby!
There is perhaps no ceremony more joyous
than the welcoming of a new child into the world!
I am an ordained interfaith minister
who serves families of all faiths. I have had the privilege of performing
hundreds of baby blessing ceremonies for families who are interfaith,
intercultural, interdenominational, non-denominational, same faith,
and humanist. Spirituality is emphasized, not religious dogma. We
recognize and give thanks for the exceedingly precious gift that
is a child. We acknowledge and honor the unique soul that he or
she is. I spend time getting to know your family. We connect heart
to heart. I ask many questions to create a ceremony which perfectly
reflects your needs, your beliefs, your values, your family and
the specialness that is your child. In this way, the words and the
rituals shall remain alive within you always. I give you a copy
of the ceremony and I strongly encourage that you videotape the
ceremony so that your child will appreciate the feelings and thoughts
expressed and the rituals performed as he or she grows into adulthood.
It is something they may even pass along to their children! The
ceremony is inclusive and participatory... honoring and including
all significant family members (i.e. parents, grandparents and siblings)
and friends (i.e. godparents, spiritual mentors)... always from
the heart. (Be sure to read the thank-you letters we receive from
our grandparents!) I have culled the best of all traditions creating
the most extensive menu of readings, prayers, blessings and rituals
that exists. For interfaith couples, language has been adapted so
that it is appropriate for an interfaith, intercultural assembly
of people. I also offer many universal rituals that I have developed
myself (so popular with families!) Traditional aspects of baptisms
and baby namings are celebrated in a universal context. You may
choose traditional religious readings, or non religious readings
from poetry or literature. Creative alternatives and solutions are
offered and welcomed.
Bless your child, anoint him/her, welcome
her/him into this world with a deeply moving, magical ceremony which
reflects the power that is a child.
To those of you have just been graced
with the miracle of a child
A baby points the way from which
we came. A baby takes us back to who we really are before all the
layers were accumulated. A child points to our innocence... to purity...
and glee. Only a baby has the capacity to laugh like that... at
the sheer joy of being alive!
A poem from Kahlil Gibran
And a woman who held a babe against
bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Lifes longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
Susanna and her son
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as
living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archers hand be for gladness;
for even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
I wish you much joy in your journey as a family.
You are most blessed.
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