On June 21, 2015, I honored my daughter’s wish to be baptized and I’d like to share the ceremony with you.
(Prior to the ceremony, she received instruction on the Wiccan Rede
“an ye harm none, do as ye will”
from a beautiful, comprehensive yet simple article that I couldn’t recommend more http://www.wicca-spirituality.com/wiccan-rede.html)
Our family gathered together at one of our favorite spots on the Virgin River. The ceremony went as follows:
“We are gathered here today for the baptism of Arabella Imani, whose name means ‘Beautiful Answered Prayer by Faith’.
Lighting of 3 white candles
We acknowledge our family members who have passed on and ask for their presence to join with us today (maternal great-grandmother and great-grandfather).
We call upon Your Divine White Light to surround us now and ask for our guardian angels and spirit guides to be with us.
Baptism symbolizes Christ’s death, descent into hell, and resurrection, and is an ancient pagan purification ritual.
We dedicate this ceremony to Mother Earth, and are so grateful for providing for us everything we need. Amen.
Declaration of Commitment
Arabella- Do you commit to the best of your ability to:
Leave your false self behind? (‘I do’)
Face your Shadow and work through whatever issues stand in the way in being your True Self? (‘I do’)
Being born again into a Spiritual Life? (‘I do’)
Do you promise to:
Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul? (‘I do’)
Love your neighbor as yourself? (‘I do’)
Wiccan Rede (repeat after me)
Bide the Wiccan Law ye must,
In perfect love, in perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An ye harm none, do as ye will.
And ever mind the Rule of Three:
What ye send out, comes back to thee.
Follow this with mind and heart,
And merry ye meet, and merry ye part.
Family Members’ Vows
I, Arabella’s mother, vow to love and support you in your life and spiritual path, and to the best of my ability, lead by example these spiritual principles.
(Grandmother’s vow/Brother’s vow)
Father, In baptism we use your gift of water, which you have made a rich symbol of the grace you give us in this Holy Sacrament. At the very dawn of creation your Holy Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all Holiness.
From all who are baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, you have formed one people, united in your presence. You have set us free and filled our hearts with the Spirit of your Love, that we may live in your peace. You call those who have been baptized to announce the Good News of Enlightenment to people everywhere. Amen
As an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, I baptize you by the power of God and Goddess.
Anointing with holy oil
The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.
My hope for you, Arabella, is that you will always follow your heart.
We thank you, Mother and Father God, for the opportunity to gather here today on the Summer Solstice for this sacred ceremony. We ask you to help Arabella with the commitments and promises made here today, which is a lifelong journey. Guide her in knowing her purpose here on Earth. Please keep her safe and protected always. Amen.”
It was a beautiful, moving, tearful ceremony that I hope my daughter will hold in her heart throughout her lifetime. I hope you enjoyed reading through the ceremony!
If you are interested in having a baptism performed, or other ordained minister services, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org