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Naming/Christening Service Matrix

©  Dec 8, 2011 (Permission to use context may be obtained by emailing

Prior to the ceremony:

     Invitations to the ceremony may be created

     Programs for the service written

     Plan reception to follow

The ceremony may include but is not limited to the following elements:

     Lighting candles from a main candle for the Source of Life/Creation visually representing:

  • Birth

  • (Any number of events of personal note on journey thus far)

  • Naming celebrated this day

     Photographs/video/readings and/or placard with birth name opening to the chosen name

     Music auditory descriptive of emotions experienced and anticipated

     Additional rites descriptive of person’s own faith practices which may include:

  •  Elements of water, earth and air

  • Drama

  • Dance

  •  Poetry and/or prose, scripture, liturgy

Liturgy appropriate to individual might include the following blesssing:

     Through the rite of naming yourself

          You follow your heart     

                Claiming your identity within community    

     With the support of those who have forged the way

          With friends as affirming witness                

               You have embraced your heart’s wisdom    

     We celebrate with you the Creating Spirit,            

          Through which we share life and breath      

               And how we are all known as Beloved    

     May this day, as you come to realize your true self            

          Be a new beginning     

               In living and sharing love