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SECULAR  NAMING  CEREMONY

By

The Family Covenant Association

CELEBRANT: We meet together on this special day to celebrate the birth and naming of this child, and to witness solemn undertakings on his/her behalf made by her/his parents and godparents.

TO PARENTS: You have brought your child here to be welcomed into the circle of your family and friends. What name have you chosen?

PARENTS: We have chosen the name ............................. (first  name(s) and surname if wished).

CELEBRANT: Will you care for ............................., keep him/her, clothe him/her, shelter and protect him/her, for as long as he/she needs you, as best you can?

PARENTS: We will.

CELEBRANT: Will you try and show ............................. by your example, how to live a true and good life?

PARENTS: We will.

CELEBRANT: Will you surround ............................. with affection and love? Will you encourage and support him/her as she grows up, helping, especially in times of trouble, and making as sure as you can that no harm comes near him/her?

PARENTS: We will.

CELEBRANT: Who are the godparents of .............................?

The GODPARENTS say their names.

CELEBRANT: Will you, as best you can, help to take care of ............................., to protect him/her at all times from harm, encouraging and supporting him/her, and if need be looking after him/her as you would your own child?

GODPARENTS: I will ... I will etc.

CELEBRANT TO EVERYONE PRESENT: I call upon everyone present to join in the celebrations for the naming of this child. But especially the brothers and sisters of ............................. into whose care also we commend him/her. Dear (names of children) here is your sister/brother. Will you be kind to her/him and help look after him/her?

The CHILDREN say yes

CELEBRANT TO EVERYONE: I commend ............................. to your loving care. Watch over her/him and cherish her/him, see he/she is happy and honest and true. Be a rock of safety to anchor to.

The PARENTS could light a candle, saying if they wished:

In honor of our child  ............................ we shall proceed to light a candle. The light stands for a new life and the hopes we have for our child. The warmth of the flame represents the warmth of human love and friendship. We light it because today is a very special day, more important even than an ordinary birthday, which comes later in life, because it only happens once.