Reverened Michael Summers
Baptism Service / Baby Blessings
BAPTISM SERVICE / BABY BLESSINGS
The rite of Baptism is a recognition of the loving Presence and Infinite Power of the Spirit of God in every child. The seed of perfection is implanted in every child, and awaits only the Baptism of Spirit, for the complete expression of good in their life.
This is described in the Bible in James 1:21 where we are told to put away wrong doing, and “ receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save our souls.”
We remember also the passage of Scripture, Luke 18:15 “And they brought to him also infants that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, and said, ‘permit the little children to come to me, and do not stop them, for of such is the kingdom of God.’ And he took them up in his arms and put his hands upon them and blessed them.
This consecration ceremony will bless the (infant)________ the (son-daughter) of ________and ________.
It is an outward ritual intended to reveal an inward unity of Spirit.
We recognize that a child comes forth from God, a Divine creation, and that the heavenly Father’s perfection is the very being, the life of the child. A Godly purity and good is incarnate in the child, as it’s own life. Baptism symbolizes our recognition of the immersion of the human in the Divine Life Stream, our oneness with God. It symbolizes our faith, that the soul , on it’s new adventure, must live and move and have it’s being within the consciousness of God, and will always be in an all-embracing circle of Divine Love.
(husband)_________and (wife)_________In presenting this child for Spiritual Baptism you are to be convinced in your own mind that you are immersed in the Spirit of God all around you, the Spirit of God that is in you, so acknowledging the Divine Oneness of Spirit, Soul, and Body, one universal Truth, the same on every plane. You believe that we are a creative expression of God.
You realize that keeping the mind set on good leads to joy and accomplishment in life. Will you teach your child the Truth of being, that from childhood (he/she) may realize (his/her) unity with God and all that this implies? Will you try to conduct your own lives so that not only by word, but by example (he/she) may learn to live joyously, creatively, and harmoniously with Divine Principle? Will you do this to the best of your ability?
(they reply: we will)
(Charge the godparents at this point if there are any. They stand at the rear of the parents)
As the godparents of _______ you are charged not only with faithfulness to the ideals stated in the charge to the parents but also with the responsibility of seeing to the spiritual welfare of _______ should need arise. That you stand in the place of friend and counselor. Will you do this to the best of your ability?
( They reply: we will)
(What name shall be given to this child? And then , repeating the name given, he shall baptize the child saying)
BAPTIZING WITH HOLY WATER AND ROSE BLESSING THE DIFFERENT PLACES ON THE CHILD
I BLESS YOUR FEET KNOWINGLY HE WALK ON MOTHER EARTH THE LAND OF GOD.
I BLESS YOUR HANDS KNOWING THEY CREATE AND ARE OF SERVICE TO GOD’S PEOPLE.
I BLESS YOUR EARS KNOWIING THEY HEAR THE SOUNDS OF GOD’S CREATION.
I BLESS YOUR EYES KNOWING THEY SEE THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S CREATION.
I BLESS YOUR MOUTH KNOWING IT EATS THE NOURISHING FOOD OF GOD AND SPEAKS LIFE GIVING WORDS OF LOVE.
I Baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The Father God in whom you live, the Son-the Christ within you, and the Holy Spirit-the moving creative principle of all life.
SO LET US PRAY
May this child, the parents, the God parents, family, and everyone who hears these words come to know that they are enfolded in God’s Love. That they have God’s strength upholding them, and that God’s Law ,protects them always, and that they know this Truth for now and evermore.