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Whether by natural birth or adoption, the arrival in the home of a new baby is a joyous occasion . . . a significant moment in the life of the child and all who will play a role in nurturing her or him through the challenging times ahead.
Pneuma Center offers officiating services for baby welcoming ceremonies to pay tribute this very special occasion. This ceremony, also referred to as a baby naming ceremony, can be customized to include ceremonial elements that have special meaning to certain cultures and traditions. Also, since the ceremony is interactive, the mood is relaxed and informal, rather than somber or pious . . . a joyous celebration of life and love!
The ceremony itself is typically conducted in the presence of family and friends who are invited to join the celebration and pledge their lifelong love and support for the child. In this sense, a welcoming ceremony is to the arrival of a new baby what a wedding ceremony is to the union of two people in marriage. For this reason, a baby welcoming or naming ceremony might appeal to any of the following:
While the ceremony can be customized to reflect the values of the family or the customs of a certain tradition, a typical ceremony would include the following:
This ceremony focuses on the child and the family's lifelong love and support for the child. For this reason, it may be conducted in lieu of or addition to a christening or baptismal ceremony, or a simchat bat or brit milah ceremony.
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