Baby Blessings

‘I have no name: I am but two days old.’
What shall I call thee?
‘I happy am, Joy is my name.’
~Blake, Infant Joy

Photo by Jen Fariello

Who blesses whom? A baby is manna from heaven, a bundle of love and joy, a physical spark of the Source, newly manifest and visible to our eyes. We are blessed to be among the babies in our midst. We welcome and name the new baby with a sense of renewal and hope, for light and peace in our hearts and in our world, and we can share our jubilation and gratitude with the baby, siblings, friends, and extended family in a special blessing or naming ceremony.

What kind of ceremony can I expect?

Photo by Jen Fariello

We can create a custom ceremony with you or offer a pre-designed service to welcome, honor, bless, celebrate, or name your beloved infant.

A customized ceremony can reflect a spiritual, religious, humanist, traditional, or alternative perspective, or be presented as a combined ritual, where your personal faith and cultural traditions are included in a universal, uplifting way that bridges hearts and honors the whole family in their common bond, the bliss of baby.

Personalized details will be attended to with special care and respect for your wishes. The ceremony can be short, simple, serene, and intimate or festive, elaborate, and long— or anywhere in between.

Typically, basic ingredients of the ceremony can include candlelight, water, flowers, music, bells, declarations, readings, prayers, and songs, and light food and beverage. You may want to combine the ceremony with a separate luncheon or buffet.

Where will the ceremony take place?

Depending on the nature of your event, the number of guests, and the weather, you will want to select a location that affords quiet privacy, such as your home, patio, backyard, or deck; in the community hall of your church, synagogue, or other place of worship; or your own favorite niche out in Nature.

Is there a best time for the ceremony?

You can select any time that is conducive to your vision of the event, the work and school schedules of your participants, and agreeable to the Officiant. For example, you might decide on the noon hour for maximum light and solar energy, or twilight for a meditative atmosphere.

Let your life come amongst them like a flame of light, my child,
unflickering and pure, and delight them into silence
. ~Tagore