May Goddess Bless And Keep Us, May Wisdom Dwell Within Us, May We Create Peace.
Newborn Baby Welcoming Ritual
I thought the idea of making a baby blanket with all the different ribbons on it was a beautiful idea.
This ritual welcomes a newborn into the “world family,” providing protection for the infant as he or she grows in the material world. A ceremony can be done soon after the child is born or can occur later in the year. Here is a simple ritual that the family can do.
SUPPLIES: General altar setup of the four elements; illuminator candles; a new baby blanket, and eight thirteen-inch-long ribbons. Carefully sew the ribbons onto the blanket, thinking of what they stand for as you sew. Each ribbon’s color stands for a special gift:
White: The gift of spiritual success and free will, and the purification of Spirit.
Silver: The gift of psychism and the love of the Goddess.
Blue: The gift of communications and intelligence
Green: The gift of healing and attunement with nature.
Yellow: The gift that all needs will be met in a positive way and that joy be a constant companion.
Gold: The gift of wisdom and discernment.
Red: The gift of communication with your guardian.
Choose the ritual format in which you feel your family would be most comfortable.
INSTRUCTIONS: Cleanse the area with the four elements. Stack any physical gifts for the baby by the altar. At the core of the ritual, bless the baby with holy water (just a touch), saying:
May you be cleansed, consecrated, and regenerated
in the name of our Lord and Lady (or Spirit).
May your feet always walk the path of love
and enlightenment. So mote it be.
Then pass the four elements over the baby, asking each for love and empowerment in his or her forthcoming life.
Place the blanket around the baby saying:
Welcome back, little one!
May the Mother’s blessings shower thee
with the love of family and friends
by my hand on your head I empower thee
in this Circle that never ends
I give you these gifts of life
Touch each ribbon as you repeat the gift, then hold your hands over the baby and envision all the gifts coalescing into a ball of light that surrounds the baby. Draw an equal-armed cross over the baby, saying:
These gifts are yours to keep or to discard
when you come of age to understand them.
If there are other gifts to be given to the baby, do so now, then close the ritual in the normal way.
Ceremony of Welcome for a New Baby
Wonder of Wonders
Wonder of wonders,
life is beginning
fragile as blossom,
strong as the earth.
Shaped in a person,
love has new meaning,
parents and people
sing at their birth.
Now with rejoicing,
joy full of promise,
laughter through tears,
naming and blessing
humble in purpose
over the years.
–Singing the Living Tradition (UU Hymnal)
*Baby name is announced!
A Prayer for One Who Comes to Choose This Life
May she know the welcome
of open arms and hearts
May she know she is loved
by many and by one
May she know the circle of friendship that gives
and receives love in all its forms
May she know and be known
in the heart of another
May she know the heart
that is this earth
reach for the stars and
call it home
And in the end
may she find everything
in her heart
and her heart
(by Danelia Wild in Sisters Singing)
*Gifts, Beads, Blessings…
A good idea is for each guest to bring a special bead and add it to a necklace/mobile for the baby–as each person places their bead, they offer a wish or blessing for the baby.
*Sing Call Down a Blessing
(each person fills in a word of choice for the blank space and whole group sings each in turn. i.e. “Joy….joy before you, joy behind you…”)
Call down a blessing
Call down a blessing
Call down a blessing
__________and around you
*Hold up/out baby or mother and baby stand in center of circle.
*Group Reading (optional: simultaneous “anointing” with elements):
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
Stars give her strength
Sun turn her eyes
Moon guide her feet
Earth turning hold her
We pray for her
We sing for her
We drum for her