The Naming Ceremony is most often an occasion when the arrival of the child is celebrated. Family relationships are deepened and the parents demonstrate to their relatives and friends the great importance they place on the birth of their child.
It also has a community dimension, represented by the wider circle of family and friends. It is an occasion for cultural expression – joy, hope, acceptance. Many parents select this form of Ceremony because they feel they would like their child to be free to choose, if they wish, their own religious pathway later on in life.
I will craft the ceremony for you after a consultation with the family. Generally it will start with an introduction and brief explanation on what the ceremony is about.
The parents may choose to acknowledge the role of others in the life of their child – grandparents, older siblings, other relatives, or friends. Perhaps one of those people will be asked to present a reading.
A naming ceremony is very much a time at which the involvement of different people in the life of the child is recognised. If Godparents, Guardians or Mentors are to be appointed this is formally done within the ceremony and those people could receive a certificate of appointment.
When the names are officially given to the child, there may be an explanation given for the reasons for selecting those names, or a particular meaning attributed to the names. The naming may be accompanied with different rituals, such as lighting of candles, anointing with oils, or sprinkling with water or rose petals. Another reading may follow the naming, and this could be followed by the celebrant, the parents and godparents or guardians, signing the naming certificate.
Ceremonies may also include such activities as Planting of trees, contributing to a memento box or wish box, blessings from individuals and the releasing of Doves.
Although Name-giving Ceremonies are usually performed for children, adults may also choose to have a ceremony. The reasons vary, but this ceremony may mark a period of change or transition, or may be requested because no ceremony of formal welcome ever occurred in childhood. A ceremony could be performed for joining of families where children take on a new surname. A ceremony may also be chosen to signify the change of name for an adult. Some same sex partners choose to take on the others name and may include this in a commitment ceremony at the same time.
This ceremony can be a very positive influence not only for the person for whom the ceremony is preformed, but also for other family members.
Whatever the reason that you would like a Name-giving Ceremony, you can be assured that by booking with me I have the necessary skills to make your ceremony all that you would wish it to be.
Feel free to contact me for any questions.