Welcoming Ceremony

WELCOMING CEREMONY

MARCH 23, 2002

Celebrant: Rev. Vikki Anderson

Before we begin, let us take a few deep breaths, leaving stress and negativity behind as we fill ourselves up with positive energy, love, happiness and joy. Let us settle into our surroundings and be present to the beauty of this moment, this occasion and of this place. Whenever you are worried or stressed in every day matters, may you always recall this beautiful day, this joyous ceremony and the commitment of love that you share with your family and friends. May these thoughts always bring you to a peaceful place in your mind’s eye and give you the strength and wisdom you need to handle any challenge that may arise before you.

I will now light a candle and ask God and Goddess, the Divine couple, to grace us with light and love. Help us open our consciousness so that we may receive your blessing. Blessed be.

Lynn and Marc: Blessed be.

Celebrant: I light the second candle to invite our ancestors to be with us this day, and know that both those we remember, and those who passed before our time have not been forgotten. Please join us in our joy and celebrate with us. Blessed be.

Lynn and Marc: Blessed be.

Celebrant: I light the last candle and ask our spirit guides and guardian angels to join us today. You have gently guided and protected us since our births. We thank you and ask for your continued guidance and love, especially for Gavin who has been recently sent into this world to be a loving part of our lives. Blessed be.

Lynn and Marc: Blessed be.

Celebrant: Welcome all! Lynn and Marc, you have arranged this gathering of family and friends today to affirm your love and commitment, not only to one another, but also to your newly born son, Gavin. You have chosen your home as the place for this gathering as a foundation for Gavin and your family’s future well being. This will always be a symbol of the beginning of your life together as a family. This is where your family will continue to grow into a future of endless possibilities for all of you and those you love.

It is a wonderful thing to look ahead and envision what your life will be like with your new son, Gavin. This blessing has come to you from simply loving one another. Imagine the future with not only your love to guide you, but also the love of another human being that you have lovingly and affectionately brought into this world.

Things will change, yet remain remarkable the same. Moments that were taken for granted in the past will now be more meaningful than ever before. You will rejoice in little things like hearing Gavin’s first word or seeing him take his first step. You will now include Gavin in all of your dreams and goals and will think of his well being before your own. Gavin will be your top priority in life, as it should be, as your parents did for you. He, in turn, will bring so much joy and excitement into your lives that together you will create a continuous circle of love, happiness and abundance in your lives. You are now a family unit that has a common tie and purpose for the rest of your lives.

Now, as you stand at the very beginning of Parenthood, your love for each other grows beyond what you knew to be possible. It is with great hope that you can look towards the future and yet again see all possibilities that lie before you as a family of love and light.

We come to the part of the ceremony where Lynn and Marc will say a few words to their son to express their hopes and dreams for his future. Why not tell Gavin what is in your hearts.

A few special readings have been chosen by Lynn and Marc to honor Gavin. They will be read by…. (We can actually put readings anywhere you wish). Usually grandparents or Uncles, Aunts, etc., would be a nice choice or very close family friends – if you feel this is appropriate.

Celebrant: Blessed are the man and the woman who have grown beyond themselves and have seen through their separations. They delight in the way things are and keep their hearts open, day and night. They are like trees planted near flowing rivers, which bear fruit when they are ready. Gavin is the fruit of their love and commitment to one another.

May the blessings of the God and Goddess follow your family all the days of your lives. Let them keep watch over you and your son and gently guide you onto your true paths of spirituality and enlightenment. They, who are the great Mother and Father of the universe and of all humanity, want you to know from now until all eternity, you will never again be lonely or alone.

Lynn and Marc have chosen each other from the many men and women on this earth, have declared their love for one other to this community and have shared their love selflessly to bring another precious life into a new millennium of hope, love and peace. In mutual self-consecration and in ever deepening love for each other and your family, may you establish a home filled with the spirit of faith, truth, goodness and eternal love for each other, your children and your families and for all sentient beings on this earth and beyond. May Gavin be a source of love, inspiration, commitment and much happiness to you both.

In all your lives, may you be reborn in the same time, and at the same place, so that you may meet and know and remember and be a complete family once again in the eternal future.

In the name of the Divine couple, God and Goddess, I now bless Gavin into our human family and the son of Lynn and Marc. We thank all the Spirits and Universal Energies that have joined us here today. We are grateful for your witness. Hail and Farewell.

This ceremony has ended; go in peace and everlasting love.

Candles are snuffed out.

Vikki Anderson is available to perform interfaith ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, welcoming ceremonies as well as naming and handfasting ceremonies. See http://www.VikkiAnderson.net under Interfaith Minister for more information about ceremonies and weddings.  973-492-3110.

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