Zander's Baby Blessing Ceremony
Blessing of the Elements
Each of us was born into this world through a Mother, and the Earth is the great Mother to us all. With gratitude for the supreme life force of Nature, let us now invite the blessings of the Elements (adapted from a blessing by Steven Farmer):
(Smudging with Sage)
From the sky above which is the dome of our world,
Let us call upon the blessings of Air for Zander:
May its winds enliven you.
May its darkness unfurl your own mysteries.
May its majesty remind you of yours.
Trust in Air.
(Bowing to the East)
(Lighting a Candle)
From the blazing sun which holds our planet’s orbit,
Let us call upon the blessings of Fire for Zander:
May its warmth offer you comfort.
May its light give you intuition.
May its power inspire discernment.
Trust in Fire.
(Bowing to the South)
(Anointing with Water)
From the watery world where we once emerged,
Let us call upon the blessings of Water for Zander:
May its nourishment give you peace.
May its currents guide you.
May its buoyancy teach you to let go.
Trust in Water.
(Bowing to the West)
(Scattering of Dirt)
From the solid ground upon which we stand,
Let us call upon the blessings of Earth for Zander:
May its vast expanses give you patience.
May its high peaks offer you wisdom.
May its deep caverns bring you healing.
Trust in Earth.
(Bowing to the North)
Zander, you were born with stardust in your bones.
You breathe the winds of heaven.
The rivers of life run in your veins.
You walk on sacred ground.
May you live into this wisdom each and every day of your life!
And so it is.
Excerpt from Address to the Parents
Maria, you told me how natural motherhood has been…how familiar…like, “Of course this child would be part of our lives!” You told me that after giving birth to Zander, it felt as though a part of you that had been missing was given back; that you have become even more conscious and intentional in raising him; and that being Zander’s mom is magical and amazing.
Jason, you said being a parent is the most important and meaningful job you have ever had, and that your whole sense of values changed after Zander was born. You told me how proud you are to share him with your family; that you have become more aware and mindful as a model for him; and that Zander has been a great teacher to you.
Maria and Jason, will you like to close the ceremony now with a reading for Zander?
I wanted you more than you will ever know,
So I sent love to follow wherever you go.
It’s high as you wish it. It’s quick as an elf.
You’ll never outgrow it…it stretches itself.
It never gets lost, never fades, never ends…
If you’re working or playing or sitting with friends.
You can dance ‘til you’re dizzy, paint ‘til you’re blue…
There’s no place, not one, that my love can’t find you.
In the green of the grass, in the smell of the sea,
In the clouds floating by, at the top of a tree,
In the sound the crickets make at the end of the day,
“You are loved. You are loved. You are loved,” they all say.
If you’re still my small babe or you’re all the way grown,
My promise to you is you’re never alone.
You are my angel, my darling, my star…
And my love will find you, wherever you are.
~ "Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You" by Nancy Tillman