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Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb is revolutionizing how baby blessing ceremonies are done. Handcrafting each service with love, artistry and attention to detail is the hallmark of her approach. As a result, each service is unique and completely reflective of the couple, their families and beliefs. As a pioneer in the interfaith, intercultural community, Macomb's book, Joining Hands and Hearts, is considered by many to be the primer for creating interfaith and intercultural marriage ceremonies. She is currently working on a baby blessing book for parents wishing meaningful, personalized services whatever their spiritual beliefs and cultural upbringing may be. Macomb's work has been featured on local and national television, radio, as well as in local and national publications.

Rev. Macomb’s new book is now available!

 A step-by-step guide, Bless This Child, A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Baby Blessing Ceremonies, helps the reader create memorable baby blessing ceremonies that reflect who the family is, how they feel and what they believe. Within its pages is the most extensive menu of ceremonial elements available – traditions, rituals, poetry, prose, scripture, blessings, prayers, and quotes. Macomb has culled from the best traditions around the world and developed new ones, combining spiritual, cultural as well as humanist aspects. Family members and honored guests are honored and included in new and meaningful ways. There are real-life family stories and sample ceremonies, as well as tender counsel for the interfaith family. Modern, relevant and global, Bless This Child is also an excellent resource for clergy and humanist celebrants who serve interfaith, intercultural families – or those wishing to personalize their services.  

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Read Susanna's article on 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 her
bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

Susanna and her son
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
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 archer’s 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.

Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb

 


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