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Part I. Jewish Naming Ceremony
On altar: simple white cloth, Torah or
Old Testament. Father comes forward holding Child in his arms.
Mother, already standing at side of altar then reads:
A reading from the prophet Ezekiel:
Thus says the Lord God: I will take you away from among the
nations, gather you from all the foreign lands, and bring you
back to your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you. I
will refresh your heart and enhance the spirit within you,
enlivening your natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you
and make you live by my statues, careful to observe my decrees.
You shall live in the land I have given your fathers; you shall
be my people, and I will be your God.
[Priest to Father, with Mother standing
at Father's side:] And what is to be the name of this child?
[Father with child turns with Mother,
faces family and friends and says:] The name of our child is
Father with child and Mother turn so as
to face each other.
[Priest with arms raised in blessing
prays:] Our God and God of our fathers, preserve this child to
his/her mother and to his/her father, and let his/her name be
called Child son of Mother and Father. As it is written, "Let
thy father and thy mother rejoice, and let her that bore thee be
[Family and friends gather around
parents and child and with arms raised in blessing as priest
says:] Creator of the Universe! May it be Thy will, that this be
regarded, accounted and accepted as that Child's heart be wise
and open for Thy holy Land, like the opening of a hall, that
he/she may learn and teach, keep and fulfill Thy laws. This
little child Child, may he/she become great, loving, generous,
and kind and succeed at all he/she sincerely sets out to
[Everyone present then says together:] With the
sanction of Thy Law, pure and clear, which Moses the servant of
the Lord commanded us to be a heritage, we give You thanks:
Blessed be the Lord.
[The Priest places his hand on child's
head, gives the Blessing:] God make you as Ephraim and Manasseh.
The Lord bless you and keep you: the Lord make his face shine
upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord turn his face unto
you, and give you peace. For length of days, and years of life
and peace shall they add to you. The Lord shall guard you from
all evil; he shall guard thy soul.
[Priest then adds:] May the
All-merciful bless Mother and Father, may they be worthy to
raise Child, to initiate him/her in the precepts of the Law of
Compassion, and train him/her in wisdom. May the Lord his/her
God be with him/her.
II. Christian Baptism
On altar, Bible, unlit baptismal
candle, white garment, oil stocks, large bowl, two hand towels.
At side: lit candle. Father with child and Mother come forward
with Godmother at Mother's outside and Godfather to Father's
New Testament Reading (1 Cor 12,
12-13): (Reader #1)
A reading from the first letter of Paul
to the Corinthians : The body is one and has many members, but
all the members, many though they are, are one body; and so it
is with Christ. It was in one Spirit that all of us, whether Jew
or Greek, slave or free, were baptized into one body. All of us
have been given to drink of the one Spirit. This is the word of
Everyone: Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm: Reader 2:
Please repeat after me: Come to him and receive his light!
Come to him and receive his light! I will bless the Lord at all
times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul
glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear me and be glad.
Come to him and receive his light!
Look to him that you may
be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.
Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy the person who takes
refuge in him.
R. Come to him and receive his light!
Priest: May the Lord be with
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: A reading from
the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
People: Glory be to
you, O Lord.
Priest: One of the Pharisees, a lawyer, in an
attempt to trip Jesus up asked him, "Teacher, which commandment
of the law is the greatest." Jesus said to him:
love the Lord you God with your whole heart, with your whole
soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first
commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor
as yourself. On these two commandments the whole is based, and
the law of the prophets as well."
This is the Gospel of the
Everyone: Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ
A reading from the Book of
Blessed is the child of light who is pure in
for that person shall see God. For as the heavenly
Father has given you his Holy Spirit, and your earthly mother
has given you her holy body, so shall you give love to all your
brothers and sisters. And your true brothers and sisters are
those who do the will of your heavenly Father and your earthly
mother. Let your love be as the Sun which shines on all the
creatures of the earth, and does not favor one blade of grass
for another. And this love shall flow as a fountain from person
and as it is spent so shall it be replenished. For
love is eternal. Love is stronger than the currents of deep
waters. Love is stronger than death. And if human beings have
not love, they build walls between themselves And the creatures
of the earth. Amen.
Priest to Parents: What do you ask of
God's Church for this Child?
Parents respond: Baptism.
Priest: You have asked to have your
child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility
of educating him/her in the practice of the law of compassion.
It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God's
commandments –specifically, to love God and neighbor. Do you
understand what you are undertaking?
Parents: We do.
Priest to Godparents:
Are you ready
to help the parents of this child, Child, in their duty as
Godparents: We are.
Father gives Godmother Child,
Godparents stand together, parents step to side.
Priest: My brothers and sisters, let us
ask the Lord to look lovingly on this child who is to be
baptized, on his/her parents and Godparents, and all who live
the law of compassion.
Lord, by your compassion, bathe this
child in light, give him/her the new life of baptism and welcome
him/her as your child and an heir of Heaven.
hear our prayer.
Priest: Lord, by the light of
compassion lead him/her to the joys of your kingdom.
Everyone: Lord, hear our prayer.
Priest: May the lives of his/her
parents and Godparents be examples of compassionate love to
inspire this child.
Everyone: Lord, hear our prayer.
C. Cleansing and First Anointing
Priest: Almighty and ever living God,
we pray for this child: set him/her free from delusion and make
him/er a temple of your glory and send your Holy Spirit to dwell
with him/her. We ask this in the name of Compassionate Love.
Priest anoints Child with Oil of Catechumens.
Priest places his hand on child.
D. Celebration of Sacrament
Priest: My sisters and brothers, we now
ask God to give this child new life in abundance through water
and the Holy Spirit.
Priest then blesses the baptismal
water. With hands joined, he prays the following:
give us grace through sacramental signs, which tell us of the
wonders of your unseen power. In baptism we use your gift of
water, which you have made a rich symbol of the grace you give
us in this sacrament. At the very dawn of creation your Spirit
breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of holiness.
The waters of the great flood you made a sign of the waters of
baptism, that made an end of delusion and a new beginning of
goodness. Through the waters of the Red Sea you led Israel out
of slavery, to be an image of God's holy people, set free from
delusion by baptism, In the waters of the Jordan your Son was
baptized by John and anointed with the Spirit. After his
resurrection he hold his disciples: "Go out and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit." By the power of the Spirit give to
the water of this font the grace of your Son. You created humans
in your own likeness: cleanse them from delusion in a new birth
of innocence by water and the Spirit. [Priest lowers Easter
Candle into water three times as he continues:] We ask you,
Father, with your Son to send the Holy Spirit upon the waters of
this font. [Priest holds the candle in the water:] May all who
are with the Lord rise also with him to newness of life.
Everyone. Amen. [As candle is taken out of water, everyone
says:] Springs of water, bless the Lord. Give him glory and
E. Renunciation of Delusion and
Profession of Faith:
Priest asks Godparents and parents:
Mother and Father, Godmother and Godfather: you have come here
to present this child for baptism. By water and the Holy Spirit
he/she is to receive the gift of spiritual life from God, who is
love. On your part, you must make it your constant care to bring
Child up in the practice of compassion. See that the divine life
which God gives him/her grows always stronger in his/her heart.
If your compassion makes you ready to accept this
responsibility, renew now the vows of your own baptism. Do you
reject delusions, false beliefs, remembering instead your own
true nature as a child of God?
Godparents/parents together: I
Priest: Do you reject illusions, false
perceptions, remembering instead that you are the creator of
your own perceptions being a child of God?
together: I do.
Priest: Do you reject allusion, false
stories about yourself, remembering instead the absolute reality
of your natural love and compassion as a child of God?
Godparents/parents together: I do.
Is it your will
that Child should be baptized in compassion?
Godparents/parents together: It is.
Priest baptizes child, saying: Child, I
baptize you in the name of + the Father, and of + the Son, and
of + the Holy Spirit. Amen.
G. Anointing with Chrism
Priest says: God the Father has freed
you from delusion, given you new birth by water and the Holy
Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints
you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest,
Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his
body, sharing everlasting life.
anoints child with sacred chrism.
H. Clothing with White Garment
Priest says: Child, you have become a
new creation, and have clothed yourself in Compassion. See in
this white garment the outward sign of your dignity. With your
family and friends to help you by word and example, awaken to
that dignity that is already yours as a child of God.
I. Lighted Candle
[Priest hands Godfather unlit baptismal
candle. As Godfather lights baptismal candle priest says:]
Receive the light of Compassion. Mother and Father, Godmother
and Godfather, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning
brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by
Compassion. He/She is to walk always as a child of the light.
May he/she keep the flame of compassion alive in his/her heart.
J. Prayer over Ears and Mouth
Priest says as he touches the ears and
mouth of child with his thumb:
The Lord has made the deaf
hear and the mute speak. May he now touch your ears to receive
his word and your mouth to proclaim the law of love and
compassion, to the praise and glory of God the Father.
Priest blesses mother now holding her
child in her arms.
God the Father, through his Son, the
Virgin Mary's Child, has brought joy to all Christian mothers,
as they see the hope of eternal life shine on their children.
May he bless the mother of this child. She now thanks God for
the gift of her child. May she be ever one with her child as
Christ prayed to the Father: May they all be one, as you are in
me and I am in you that they may be on is us.
[Mother gives child to Father. Priest
blesses father now holding child.] God is the giver of life,
human and divine. May he bless the father of this child. He and
his wife will be the first teachers of their child in the ways
of compassion. May he and his wife be also the best of teachers,
bearing witness to the law of compassionate love by what they
say and do.
[Priest blesses the assembly of family
and friends.] By God's gift, through water and the Holy Spirit,
we are reborn to everlasting life. In his goodness, may he
continue to pour out his blessings upon these sons and daughters
of his. May he make them always, wherever they may be,
compassionate members of his holy people. May he send his peace
and compassion upon all who are gathered here, in Christ Jesus
Priest: May almighty God, + the Father,
and the Son, and the Holy Spirit bless each and everyone of us.
Priest: Go in peace and serve the Lord,
this Baptismal Ceremony is complete.
Everyone: Thanks be to