Baby Blessing / Naming Ceremonies
What could be more joyous than a celebration for a new life!
A baby blessing, (baptism, welcoming, naming) is a ceremony that celebrates and welcomes your child into the family and community that they will live and grow up in. These beautiful ceremonies are an alternative to a traditional baptism or christening. They have become very popular as they help fill the spiritual need for parents who are of different faiths, do not belong to a church, or do not practice a religion.
One of the most
attractive benefits to holding your own baby blessing ceremony is that the
ceremony can be tailored-made to reflect the parent’s wishes. You may choose
traditional religious readings, or non-religious readings from poetry or
Many parents like to incorporate the spiritual and cultural traditions of baptisms and baby naming rituals that have importance to each of them, giving them the opportunity to create their own spiritual identity, unrestricted by the rules of a religious institution.
Other parents prefer a nonreligious ceremony, focusing on welcoming their new baby, introducing him/her to his/her new community of family and friends. They may prefer a celebration that reflects their child's journey and their gratitude to be parents. Often the parents will make a promise, similar to the promises made in wedding vows. In these promises they pledged to love their new child unconditionally, and guide him/ her through life.
Many times the parents will include the participation of the Grandparents and siblings in the ceremony as well.
Having a baby blessing ceremony is a lovely occasion for family and friends to come together to recognize, honor and celebrate the precious gift that is your child.