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)
- Welcoming the new soul
- Family Lineage
- Naming, life song and presentation to the four directions
- Godparents pledge
- Bitter and Sweet experiences
- Family and friends blessings
- Final blessing and closing
- 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.