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Naming Ceremonies or Name Giving

Fri, 12 Apr 2013

Naming Ceremonies or Name Giving

Couples often wish to publicly acknowledge a new arrival to their family. However they do not want the pressure of raising their child in a particular religious faith.

Naming ceremonies or Name Giving ceremonies are an alternative to the religious christening ceremonies for children. They provide the couple with an opportunity to formally celebrate the birth of a child with family and friends.

As an authorised celebrant, I am able to provide samples of ceremonies including numerous readings and poems that you may wish to choose. I work with you to write the ceremony you want for your child. Your child receives an A4 size Certificate of Name-giving. Any godparent/s or guardian/s appointed by the parent/s also receives a certificate.  Memento certificates are also available for parents and grandparents.

During the ceremony, everyone is asked to repeat a short paragraph, which is where the official naming or name giving of the child occurs.

"We all agree that you shall be named Jessica Melissa Citizen

We wish you long life and happiness in a loving and peaceful world

May you bring joy to your parents, your godparents, to all of us, your family and friends

May you contribute to making this world a better and happier place in which to live."

There is no legal responsibility for a godparent/guardian to raise the child in the event of the death of the parent/s. This aspect should be catered for in a legal will.

Ask me about your naming ceremony today.

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