Parent/s stand/s (together), outside the ritual circle
at the East.
The Priest/Priestess says:
are come to celebrate the arrival of a Soul incarnate,
who has chosen to be with us on our Path in the life
of the mortal world.
are come to greet Divinity in a new manifestation."
The Priest/Priestess says:
presents this Soul to Life in our World?"
bring my/our Child to be honored and named."
The Priest/Priestess says to the Parent/s:
Child has chosen you to be his/her Parent/s.
task is to protect and nurture his/her life until
his/her true Path to Destiny is revealed.
will guide, even though you know not the ultimate Path
you guide to.
will teach, even though you know not the utter Truth
of what you teach.
will inspire, even though you know not what will
Parenthood is a Path of Learning, not only for the
Child but for yourself/ves.
you accept the task ahead of you in good faith, to
live and grow together as best you can,
to neither oppress your Child nor let him/her oppress
The Parent/s assent/s.
enter our Circle with your offspring and present
him/her to each of us."
The Parent/s enter the Circle from the East and move
around, sunwise (North, then West), presenting the
Child to each Participant, who kisses or touches it
the Circle has been traversed, the Child is given to
the Priest/Priestess, who carries it around the Circle
in the opposite direction, saying:
of the Womb of the Great Mother, God the Integral, we
welcome you, Child."
Priest/Priestess stops in front of the Altar, and
greet you and thank those who guide you, for your safe
return into this World."
Priest/Priestess dips his/her fingers into the Salted
Water and touches the child's forehead with it, and
give you the blessing of the Great Father, God the
Infinite, who seeded you.
give you the blessing of the Great Mother, God the
Integral, who gave you form.
give you the blessing of the creative Divine Spark,
that it's strength and tranquility might always be
Priest/Priestess dips his/her fingers again into the
Salted Water and asks the Parent/s:
name do you give to your Child to begin his/her
journey through this Life?"
Parent/s speak aloud the Name.
Priest/Priestess names the Child, touching his/her wet
fingers to its forehead, and says:
give you the name that will be with you throughout
your Life, and which forms many of the components of
your Destiny this day: (name)
also gift to you the Druid's Prayer -
Grant, Mother-Father God, this Child thy refuge;
and in refuge, strength;
and in strength, understanding;
and in understanding, knowledge;
and from knowledge, knowledge of what is right;
and from knowledge of what is right, the love of it;
and from loving, the love of God.
God and all goodness."
Priest/Priestess hands the Child back to its Parent/s,
give you, (name),
into the safe-keeping of those who birthed you into
the physical world.
Mother-Father God and their Angels guide and bless you
the Parent/s take the child back into their
arms, the Priest/Priestess says:
others bring their gifts to welcome you."
other participants file past the Child with their
Blessing Papers (written on before the ritual
starts), gifts, and cards.
then go to the Altar and light a votive Candle for the
Child before returning to their place in the circle. (These
small candles are allowed to burn until they go out).
all participants are back in their places, the
Blessing papers are gathered and placed in a box or
bag for safe-keeping, or for burying (possibly
beneath a tree or in a garden).