Poems, verses and sample readings that parents might chose for a Baby Naming Ceremony.
Baby naming day ceremonies are relatively new. The service can be conducted by a celebrant or it may be written entirely by the parents. Poems, prose and readings are usually included within the service by parents and other adults who promise to love and care for the child.
Verses and Poems for a Baby Naming Ceremony
Suggestions for poems and verses that might be used in a reading during a Baby Naming Ceremony include:
“If children live with hostility, they learn to fight./If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy./If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient./ If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence./If children live with praise,they learn to appreciate./If children live with fairness, they learn justice./If children live with security, they learn faith./If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves./If children live with acceptance, and friendship, they learn to find love in the world.” ~ Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph. D.
“I am the child, All the world waits for my coming, All the earth watches with interest to see what I shall become./Civilization hangs in the balance, For what I am, the world of tomorrow will be./I am the child, I have come into your world, About which I know nothing./Why I came I know not; How I came I know not; I am curious;
I am interested./I am the child, You hold in your hand my destiny, You determine, largely, whether I shall succeed or fail./ Give me, I pray you, Those things that make for happiness./ Train me, I beg you, That I may be a blessing to the world.” ~ Author Unknown
Verses for Baby Naming Ceremony
“May God bless and keep you always, May your wishes all come true, May you always do for others And let others do for you./May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung./May you stay forever young.” ~ Bob Dylan
“May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home And may the hand of a friend always be near. May green be the grass you walk on, May blue be the skies above you, May pure be the joys that surround you, May true be the hearts that love you.” ~ Traditional Irish Blessing
“God made the world a precious gift more dear and pure than gold. With little toes to play with and tiny hands to hold. He sent this brnd new person on moonlights reflected gleam, All wrapped up on a rainbow of wonder, hope and dreams.”
Poems and Readings can be read by the celebrant or by the parents, family and friends taking part in the ceremony.
Gordon K. Rites and Ceremonies:Alternative Guide to Baptism and Baby-Naming. London: Constable. 1998.
Barber A. Your Complete Guide to Naming Ceremonies. London: G A Publishing. 2008.