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Baby Naming and Blessing Ritual

Posted by djaloki on April 24, 2008

This ritual is inspired from various cultures from Africa, the Americas and Europe.

 

 

Purpose of the Baby Naming ritual

 

“The purpose of a blessing ceremony for a newborn is to consciously sanctify the entrance of a soul into the world that this soul might walk through their life remembering their true essence. It is to give thanks for the miracle of new life, to support the mother and father in stepping into parenthood consciously, with love and clarity. It is to acknowledge the sacred role of others in the child’s life, e.g., the grandparents, godparents – as guardians offering unconditional love, acceptance and wisdom to the new generation. Finally, it is to acknowledge and honor the interconnectedness of the child and family with the larger community and even with all creation. It is a ceremony of great celebration, gratitude and joy.”

(Rev. Miranda Holden, Director, The Interfaith Seminary UK)

 

Outline

 

  1. Preparation
  2. Opening
  3. Welcoming the new soul
  4. Family Lineage
  5. Naming, life song and presentation to the four directions
  6. Godparents pledge
  7. Bitter and Sweet experiences
  8. Family and friends blessings
  9. Final blessing and closing

 

1.  Preparation

 

  • If possible, the mother will have watched her dreams, intuitions and synchronicities during her pregnancy to choose and/or receive directly from the soul of the future born her name and life song. The life song will be sung often to the baby, especially in important occasions like birth, naming ceremony, birthdays, and to mark moments of great emotions, joyful or sad. It will be taught to the child when she can talk. If she wishes, it will become her power song, which she can use to remember and connect with her Higher Self anytime she wants, during her whole life. Relatives and friends can also sing it for her when they feel she needs it and she cannot sing it herself, as in the case of serious illness, depression, or coma. If possible, it will be sung before, during and after her death too.
  • Other names can be given by the parents.
  • The parents prepare a list of all their respective parents and direct ancestors that they can come with. The “perfect” list would include the names of all their ancestors up to the seventh generation back in time (252 names total, including the parents). This list should be kept and given to the child later, when appropriate, e.g. as part of the naming ritual certificate. In this naming ritual, up to three generations are verbally named (14 names).
  • The minister and the parents prepare a naming ritual certificate, if desired.
  • The minister prepares a small spoon, or other instrument, and 2 small bowls with a little bit of liquid in them, one bitter or sour (bitter herb tea or unsweetened lemon juice) and one sweet (sugar cane syrup, honey, maple syrup, or sweetened water).
  • The minister prepares words of opening (informal), final blessing and closing.
  • The godmother(s) and godfather(s) prepare brief words of welcome, pledge and blessings for the baby. Several godmothers and godfathers may be chosen. The Elno Micmac people of Quebec, Canada give 12 godparents of each gender who can act as surrogate parents for the child. Orphanhood is an unknown concept in such a society…
  • The godparents may also prepare meaningful gifts for the baby; ideally long lasting things that will symbolically encapsulate the naming ceremony.
  • The baby’s relatives and friends prepare words of blessings.
  • This ritual is preferably private and intimate, with only relatives and close friends, in order to avoid the interference of unknown foreign energy with the still fragile and unnamed baby and to create a pure loving and protecting circle around her.
  • The mother teaches the baby’s life song to the relatives and close friends who will attend the ritual.
  • The minister and the parents prepare the music and songs for the ritual.
  • The minister cleanses him or herself and cleanses the space of the ritual prior to the event.
  • The ritual should not exceed 20 minutes. More than that would be too long for the baby.

 

2.  Opening

 

This is not a pompous ceremony, but an intimate family celebration. The style and energy are kept simple and warm from opening to closure. As an opening, the minister may give a reminder of the purpose of the ritual, and name the parents of the baby.

 

3.  Welcoming the new soul

 

Minister gives words of welcome to the new soul, e.g.:

It is a great joy for us to welcome this new soul among us. We are honored and grateful to have been chosen to guide her in her entry on this plane of existence. We lovingly accept her within our community and are making way for her energy and gifts to beautifully complement ours.

(Modify at will or add any appropriate inspired words)

 

4.  Family Lineage

 

Baby’s mother (holding the baby): My whole genetic lineage has found a new body and a new life to manifest its beauty on the visible plane. The newborn of my flesh is carrying the imprint and the power of my ancestors, those alive, those we remember and those we have forgotten. Some of those most recently born in a human body were: (If the parents have not been named at the opening, the mother should start by giving her name, and then she may give the names of her parents and grandparents, as well as any other direct ancestor of hers that is still alive, or that she wishes to name).

 

May you keep your ancestral connection strong and make it harmoniously serve the higher purpose of your soul, your lineage and the universe, in love, light, peace and beauty.

 

Baby’s father (holding the baby): My whole genetic lineage has found a new body and a new life to manifest its beauty on the visible plane. The newborn of my seed is carrying the imprint and the power of my ancestors, those alive, those we remember and those we have forgotten. Some of those most recently born in a human body were: (If the parents have not been named at the opening, the father should start by giving his name, and then he may give the names of his parents and grandparents, as well as any other direct ancestor of his that is still alive, or that he wishes to name).

 

May you keep your ancestral connection strong and make it harmoniously serve the higher purpose of your soul, your lineage and the universe, in love, light, peace and beauty.

 

5.  Naming, life song and presentation to the four directions

 

The parents hold the baby.

 

Minister (addressing everybody): Please invite and hold in your minds and hearts your highest and purest intentions, thoughts and feelings for the baby, while the father is formulating her name(s) and we are singing her life song to the four directions of the universe.

 

Let us all face east, from where comes the light of life and awareness, the place of intent, breath and birth. (Or any other brief words the minister wants to say about the East.)

 

Everyone faces east.

The parents raise the baby to the East.

The minister raises her hands in a blessing gesture toward the baby and mentally sends blessings to her.

 

Baby’s father:            To the guardians of the East, I present my daughter (or son) ______________ (baby’s complete names).

 

Parents lower the baby, but keep holding her, facing east.

The minister drops her hands.

 

Everybody sings the baby’s life song.

 

Minister: Let us face south, from where comes the strength of life and knowledge, the place of will, fire and growth. (Or any other brief words the minister wants to say about the South.)

 

Repeat the same procedure as for the East, and then again for the West and the North.

Suggested words said by the minister for these directions:

 

Minister: Let us face west, from where comes the maturity of life and wisdom, the place of balance, water and transformation.

 

Minister: Let us face north, from where comes the shadow of life and encompassing understanding, the place of peace, earth and death.

 

After the baby’s life song has been sung to the North, the minister invites people to go back to their seats and asks the godparents to approach the baby, held by one or both parents.

 

6. Godparents pledge

 

The Godparents offer their gifts, if any, explain the meaning of the gifts and say their brief words of welcome, pledge and blessing for the baby.

 

Depending on the time flow of the ritual and the number of godparents, this part may be shortened by skipping either the gift giving or the words, and by having only one pair of godparents representing the rest of them. The intention is to keep the ritual length under 20 minutes.

 

7.  Bitter and Sweet experiences

 

This part may also be skipped if there is not enough time.

 

The minister uses either her finger, or a small spoon or other instrument if more appropriate, to take some of the bitter or sour liquid, and places a drop of it on the baby’s lips.

 

Minister: ___________ (baby’s name), on this material plane, many of us experience life in a dualistic way. Some experiences are bitter, or sour. They are represented by this herb tea (or lemon juice). We pray that such experiences will be minimal in your life and that you will quickly learn the lessons they are meant to teach you.

 

The minister does the same with the sweet liquid.

 

Minister: ___________ (baby’s name), this sugar cane syrup (or maple syrup, or honey…) represents the sweet experiences of life. We pray that your life will be rich in happiness and plentiful in sweet teachings and blessings.

 

8.  Family and friends blessings

 

According to time availability, this part may be shortened, or even skipped altogether.

 

Family and friends share the words of blessings they have prepared.

 

Music and songs can be performed.

 

9.  Final blessing and closing

 

The minister says the blessing and closing she has prepared.

Everybody sings the baby’s life song (suggested 3 times if it is not a long song).

The ritual is concluded.

 

 

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One Response to “Baby Naming and Blessing Ritual”

  1. Monique Kanzki said

    Dear Dja,

    I just read the Baby Naming Ritual.
    I found it not only beautiful but also full of wisdom and reverence for the laws of Nature. Using quantum physics and even Feng Shui principles to anchor the baby in his or her life on earth is indeed of major importance. Furthermore, as we discussed earlier I now understand the importance of every soul lineage. So mentionning the names of the ancestors make complete sense to me.
    I hope my dauhgter and husband will be sensitive to this new approach. I will not impose anything on them, but will only invite them to read this baby naming ritual. I hope they will be able to overcome the many tabous related to unconventional rituals like this.
    Thank you again and congratulations for your website!
    I’ll continue reading other topics and will send you my comments.
    We are proud to have a cousin like you.

    Love

    Your cousin

    Monique

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