Welcome, everyone. On behalf of ____, ______, & _______, (parents, baby) I would like to thank you all for being here to share in this momentous occasion. We are here today for the purpose of this child’s spiritual dedication and recognition as a child of God—to acknowledge the incredible significance of this young life….. We also acknowledge and honor the family and loved ones who, as he grows into a young man, will take part in his growth—-physical, intellectual, and of course, spiritual….When a child comes into this world, this sort of ceremony is not only important, but necessary—for many reasons….First, a miracle of this magnitude—the creation of a new life….a
new spirit on the planet….is one of the most profound and beautiful gifts we as human beings will ever receive from Our Creator, and deserves to be honored as such. Second, there is a need to recognize that this child is a child not only of his earthly family, but also a child of God—unique, as we all are, but not separate. In fact, he is part of a larger family—the family of the spirit that lives in us all….the family of humankind. For this, we should take a moment to thank you, ________ & ________(parents), for giving all of us this gift—-this beautiful child, this perfect and unspoiled soul…. Finally, this ceremony is our chance to formally welcome __________(baby) into this world, and into our lives…..________(baby), you are a child created in love, living in love in this moment….and it is the intention of every person here that you know love as your way of life for as long as you are here on this earth. Therefore, while this is a ceremony of great meaning and significance, it is not meant to be a somber occasion…..it is in every sense, a celebration—-of thanksgiving, blessings, and of joy.
HONORING THE PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
It is said that no man is an island…this is especially true when the man is such a young man….And so, at this time, we should take a moment to recognize the important people who will take part in shaping and molding this young man’s life….First, ________ & ________(parents), who present their son before God and this company….You are the authors of his very existence, and today you begin a new chapter in his young life. You are to be commended for realizing that he is not just a physical being….that he is not just a body and a mind, but that the essence of who
he really is….is spirit….And so, for your commitment to raising him with an awareness and appreciation for things of the spirit, we applaud you…..You have been blessed with the joy and responsibility of this precious life, and all who are here can see how truly grateful you are to God for allowing you the privilege of raising this beautiful young
…Second, _______’s(baby) grandparents…. The role played by grandparents is a very important one, and it is a great blessing when they can have a significant part in their grandchildren’s lives. Their experience and wisdom are invaluable for young parents, and their love for their grandchildren is boundless. Because of this, _______ & _______ (parents) asked me to take this opportunity of expressing their deep gratitude to you—-________ & ________ (God Parents)—-for the involvement you choose to have and the love and guidance you give in the life of their child.
In making these acknowledgements, we would also like to take this time to acknowledge those loved ones who are unable to be with us physically on this day; We know that those people, whom we love, and those we have loved are here with us in spirit at this service of dedication for this precious boy/girl. For those who are unable to attend because of distance, may their distance be only physical, and may their love for this child bridge the miles between them….. For those no longer sharing this world with us—Our tribute to those we loved is that we do not forget. They always have a place in our minds and our hearts. They always survive in the freshness of our
…..But today marks the beginning of an entirely new lifetime of happy memories for this family. Today is the day we officially give this child his name, and honor his place in the world….And so, it is fitting that we take these next few moments in prayer for this special little boy and this service….
God of love & light, we thank you for blessing our lives with this new spirit….this perfect and pure embodiment of your greatest gift to us—-love. We humbly ask you to enfold in your protection this little one. Receive him into the arms of love and keep him ever in watchful care. Surround him with spiritual strength and open his eyes to the beauty of the Spirit, the innate good in the hearts of all mankind, and the splendor in all creation. Keep him safe and cared-for, even when his earthly family cannot be near. Endow this child with strength and prepare him for the way ahead, so that he may be strong in faith, courageous in spirit, and valiant for the right; Be this child’s
companion in play, in sleep, in wakefulness, and in all his growing days; Be his friend most dear, to understand him, to console him, and to bless him…..Amen.
In this service of dedication we first give thanks to God for the creation and birth of this child, and pray for Life’s greatest blessings upon this child, that he may grow from the beautiful, innocent, sweet, perfect baby boy he is….into a kind, wonderful, loving man….. In the second place, we are to make a solemn promise as parents and as a community that, relying on the goodness of the Universe and working together for the good of this child’s personal and spiritual growth, we will endeavor to provide guidance for him in the things of the spirit.
________ & ________(parents)…..You brought ________ (baby) here today for this service because you have realized that you are his custodians and that you have the privilege and responsibility to care for him in body, mind and spirit, as he grows into the person he is meant to be. You are ready and willing to take on the task of molding a young heart, creating not just a life, but a living, breathing, person, with thoughts, dreams, fears, and a future……And so, in presenting your child here today, do you promise to teach him the values of truth and love, to set a moral example before him, to bring him up to believe and trust in God and the Divine wisdom within him, and to help him find his own
place and role in this life, offering him the guidance he needs, while still allowing him the freedom to follow his own heart?
(Parents answer): “We do.”
And will you do your best in word and deed to bring him up with a solid spiritual foundation….teaching him through your example to live in truth and love?
(Parents answer): “We will.”
Then I ask that as you hold your son, and just as you vowed your love to one another not so long ago, please repeat after me your promises to ________(baby).
Because we recognize you as a miracle and a precious gift….
We thank God for you.
Because we have been entrusted with your care,
We promise to raise you with love and understanding,
To set a good example for you—
Of what love is….
Of what a home and family should be.
We promise to protect you and guide you,
And to provide for your needs
To the best of our ability
We will give our all each day
To ensure your health, safety, and happiness…
Now and as long as we live.
_______ & _______ (parents)—-to whom have you chosen to give the honor and responsibility of being Godparents to _______(baby)? (______ & _____ (parents) answer): “_______ & ______ (god parents)”
_______ (god father), as ________’s (baby) Godfather, I would like to ask that you hold him now, and _______(god mother), please place your hands on him as you make your promises to care for him, mind, body and spirit.
______ & _______(god parents), please repeat after me these vows to Ashton:
We love you, _______(baby), and always will
And so we promise we will always be there for you,
To help your Mommy and Daddy take care of you,
To protect you and teach you,
And of course, to play with you.
We each promise
To love and care for you as our own.
Now and always.
AFFIRMATION OF COMMUNITY
_______’s (baby) parents have brought him here to be blessed and received into the family of God and of mankind. Their wish for ______(baby) is that he be dedicated in a spirit of community, and that all of you gathered here will play a role in his development as a person who will contribute to and make better this community as a whole. We ask now that all of you gathered here join his parents in making a pledge to him today: Do you all give now your pledge to endeavor earnestly to teach and inspire this little one in a positive way, to be a part of his extended family, and to let your examples and influence guide him to live his life in an upright and honorable way? Do you also promise to do whatever you can to offer support to his parents in raising him, and keeping him safe, secure, and happy?…….If so, please answer: “We do.” (Loved Ones answer): “We do.”
Baptism can mean different things to different people in various religious or spiritual sects or denominations. Today, the baptism of this child is about a promise. A promise from _______’s(baby) parents, God-parents, and loved ones—a promise to nurture his spirit….but also a promise made on behalf of ______(baby) by his parents—-a promise to practice reciprocity, a promise to repay the gifts they have been blessed with in welcoming ______(baby) into this world, a promise to do their best to raise him to be a man who makes this world a better place….in little ways, in big ways, it doesn’t matter….. Everyone here already knows that his or her world is a better place with this child in it.
Water has long been considered by many as the source of life….Water is in and around all of us, and is also a symbol of the human spirit—always in motion, never ceasing, only taking new forms….. Every element of God’s creation needs water to grow and thrive, to even survive. The trees and flowers, the fish and the birds, and all of us…….. Water nourishes us, cleanses us, comforts us, renews us.
So…..Because we believe and know in our hearts that ______(baby) made his way onto this earth as a pure, innocent, and perfect soul, this ceremony is not intended to cleanse him from sin—It is instead to signify our intentions to nourish his heart, his mind, his body, and his spirit…. to allow his life to flow in the direction he chooses each day, with our love and guidance to help him find his way.
The water I am about to sprinkle on the head of this child need not be blessed—-for who among us is qualified to bless it, when it has already been created by the hands of God, and is blessed each time it returns to the sky, and again each time it falls to the earth below….. And so, ______(baby), our prayer is that the love that surrounds you today will wash over you like rain every day of your life, as this water rains on you now—–The love of God–(officiant sprinkles water over _____(baby)’s head) –the love of your parents–(officiant sprinkles water over Ashton’s head) –and the love of family, friends, and loved ones, whether near or far–(officiant sprinkles water over ______’s(baby) head). May love be all you know from this day forward.
CHRISTENING & DEDICATION
What name have you given this child?
(Father takes the child, holds him, and answers): ____ ____ ____(baby full name)
____________ (baby full name), today we not only officially give you your name, but more importantly, we celebrate and honor your birth and your life. We need not receive you into the Kingdom of God, because we know that is from whence you came….. Indeed, you came into this world with God in your heart, and all around you, in His creation. We welcome you into this world with open arms, knowing that it is a better place with you in it. We are all here to support you and your parents in acknowledging the miracle that you are, and asking God to bless your young life, guiding you towards your true purpose on this earth. We hereby dedicate your spirit to God, to love, to all that is good in the Universe…..Your parents have many dreams for you and your future, and the greatest one is that your life continue according to this beginning, surrounded by love and friendship, held by a strong support system, and watched over by many loving eyes.
_____________(baby full name), May you be blessed by God…..May you be touched by angels…. May you live your life in happiness, health…. May you love, and be loved, without conditions…. And May the hopes and dreams of your parents—and the well-wishes of all those gathered here—come true for you, that your life may be filled with friendship, laughter, and peace……….. May God be with you always…..