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~ The Celebration of Our Baby ~
~ Brooke Moon's Birth ~

~ Welcoming of the Guests ~

“What you are all about to witness here today is truly a celebration of love, and of life!
Knowing that this is the first time many of you have been to a ceremony like this, Kim and
Adam thought that going over some of the symbolism would be helpful to you in
understanding what you will be seeing here today.

It is important for us to know where we come from, so we will begin with an ancestral
blessing. This is where we honor the bloodlines, the history and the people who have all gone
into the creation of Brooke.

It is also important to provide not only food and clothing to a child but also time and love and
respect. So it is only right that this ceremony should include Kim and Adam making their
promises to Brooke to nurture her in all ways as she grows.

As in ceremonies of many faiths, we then hear the oaths of those who would stand in place of
the father and mother should the need ever arise.

Next, we ask the blessings of the Elements of Nature so that this child may come to understand
the lessons they have to offer and, in so doing, be blessed by wisdom of the divine the light
which shines eternally from above. We will also ask for a blessing for the family at this time

You are all very dear to Adam and Kim. That is why you have been chosen to share in the
blessing of their daughter and this day with them. This is the day upon which Brooke is
formally welcomed into the community of family, friends and loved ones that you all represent.
So let your spirits rejoice, and remember that in the love and emotion that pours forth from
each of you, lie the hopes, dreams, best wishes and blessings that are the gifts your hearts have
come to offer to baby Brooke on this day.”


~ Ancestral Blessing ~

Brooke is censed and blessed with oil

“What name is it that you have chosen to call your daughter?”

Adam: “We have chosen the name Brooke,
to signify the gentle beauty her presence offers our world.”

Kim: “We have also chosen the name Moon, to represent the Goddess and all her loving
power. It is the eternally bright, and strong love that her father
and I shared before her and now share with her.

Brooke is entrusted to the arms of his maternal grandparents.

“Karen and Matt, You have been kind and loving parents to Kim, for which she is truly
thankful. May she be blessed with your good instincts in raising Brooke. If you will now hold
your granddaughter and call to mind all of the wonderful people who have shaped your lives.
Your parents, your grandparents, as far back as the stories you have heard and beyond.
Remember what it felt to be with these loved ones, that Brooke may come to know her
ancestors and the lineage that is her birthright.”

Grandparents kiss Brooke and return her to his parents,
Brooke is entrusted to the arms of her paternal grandparents.

“Carol and Mitch, You have led Adam to follow in your footsteps down the path of
parenthood. You have always done your very best in raising Adam. May he have the patience
with Brooke, that you had with him. If you will now likewise hold your granddaughter and call
to mind all of the wonderful people who have shaped your lives. Your parents, your
grandparents, as far back as the stories you have heard and beyond. Remember what it felt to
be with these loved ones, that Brooke may come to know her ancestors and the lineage that is
her birthright.”

“Karen and Hector will you now come and join your Husband and wife.

Stepparents stand with their partner

In today’s world we are offered unique and wonderful opportunities to increase the number of
loving caring relationships we have in our lives. Kim and Adam want you to know that they
value your voices, your perspectives, and your presence.”

Grandparents kiss Brooke and return her again to her parents

“If you will both reflect on the gratitude and joy in your hearts, remembering to be thankful for
all that has come to pass all that which has made it possible for Brooke to come to be.”

Adam and Kim then kiss Brooke

~ Parents Vows ~

“In your momentous decision to become parents, you honor the love between you as husband
and wife. While you know the responsibility this entails, carrying on the family traditions that
bring you joy, journey back to the world of childhood, cherishing your own sense of wonder
and opening your hearts fully to the adventure of life, are all things that will help you to be
better parents. You have brought Brooke here to be welcomed into the circle of your family
and friends and to make your promises to her.

Your own quest for spirit has brought you much joy. Do you promise to share with Brooke
what you have found while encouraging her to seek her own path, and support her in exploring
the places in which she finds the most peace and love?

That you will respect her dreams, simply because they are hers
and valuable as such?

That your home shall be a place in which kindness, honesty, mutual respect, and love prevail,
where communication is encouraged and no is ever subject unspeakable?

To give her a wide variety of experiences that she may find
the things in life that make her heart sing?"

Kim and Adam: “We do.”


~ Jacqueline and Scott's Vow ~

“Many cultures believe that it takes a whole community to raise a child with a balanced
perspective. As hers parents the duty befalls you to safeguard Brooke’s future. Have you
chosen those who will aid you in giving love and council to your child as he grows? To whom
if the Fates and the Gods see fit to remove you from this world, would you entrust to take
Brooke into their care and see to it that she is raised as you would have raised her?”

Adam & Kim: “We Have.”

Kim: “Jackie & Scott, for they are kind and loving people”

Jackie & Scott step forward

Adam:
“Who know how it is that we would have our daughter raised.”

“Is this true? Are you aware of the hopes of Adam and Kim, that they may be able to guide
Brooke in understanding the spiritual nature of all that surrounds her, and their wish for her to
have a personal relationship with the divine?”

Jackie & Scott: “We are.”

“And you will take the responsibility should need be to see to it
that Brooke is raised in accordance with their wishes?”

Jackie & Scott: “We will.”

“May the time never come for you to act upon this vow, but know how special you are that
Adam and Kim that they would ask you to tend to the most precious thing that they have in the
world.”

~ Elemental Blessing ~

“Since ancient times, people have communed with nature to learn more about themselves by
example. Since it is within nature that we all do abide, and nature within us, we ask for Brooke
the blessings of Nature’s Elements Air, Fire, Water and Earth. We do this that she may fully
come to understand the lessons they have to offer. The attributes of each element are examples
to us of the aspects they mirror not only within divinity, but within ourselves as well.

We ask the spirits of Air to open the lines of communication for this child. May her future be
as bright as the dawn on the horizon. As Air flows freely to and through and from us all, may
her heart, and mind, and soul come to know the world in this manner. Seeing not only with her
eyes, may she grow wise with wisdom.

Yellow bear is placed in with the baby

Spirits of Fire, we ask that Brooke’s passion for life, remain ever strong and vital, fortifying
each day with a vibrancy rooted in strength, boldness, and courage. As Fire clears the way for
new growth, may she know that this power is hers: to create change and bring about the
richness and quality that comes with a true love of life.

Red bear is placed in with the baby

We ask the Spirits of Water, that the comfort of loved ones, like the serenity of the deep blue
ocean, be the oasis that forever surrounds Brooke. May she be well loved and love well, letting
the assuredly with which Water makes its journey to the sea, flowing over rocks,  around trees,
even turning into vapor and ridding a cloud, ever serve as a reminder that with love all is well
and will endure.

Blue bear is places in with the baby

Spirits of Earth, we ask that you give unto this child the rock solid place to stand and fulfill her
destiny. May her journey mirror the vast planes and fertile fields, expansive and alive. May she
find the right seeds to sow to ensure a bountiful harvest. And when she looks up at the
Northern Star, may she know it is as bright and constant as the love of the divine is for her.

Green bear is placed in with the baby

Lord and Lady, descend and shine upon us,
She who is all knowing, all loving, all accepting,
Mother of all living things,
He who is mighty as the ancient Oak and bold as the Sun,
Without whom there would be no life.
We thank you for the gift of Love
that you have bestowed upon this couple.
The gift whose name is Brooke Moon.
May they, all together as a family,
forever dwell in the light of your love,
and flourish as the leaves on the trees,
and the fruits of the vine.”

These stuffed bears, the green bear with the flowers for Earth, the yellow bear with a feather
for Air, the red bear with his gold chain and fiery garnet for Fire and the blue bear with his
seashell for Water, have all been embodied with the attributes and blessings of the elements
they represent. In keeping with the true spirit of the word ‘celebration,’ we ask for you to
remember that this is a participatory event! Which is why these bears will be left out
throughout the rest of this gathering for all of you to hold. As you are doing so, think of all
wonderful things that you would wish for Brooke for her happiness and for her future. Later
they will be placed on a mobile above her crib, symbolic of how she will forever be encircled,
surrounded and protected by the love and blessings of her friends and family, as well as from
above.”

~ Rose Petal Shower ~

Kimberly and Adam face guests, holding baby
Jennifer begins showering Brooke with white petals

“As the petals of the white rose symbolize, may your ideals and your heart remain untarnished
and ever pure, with the wonders of childhood’s innocence forever your companion.”

Vidya begins showering Brooke with yellow petals

“May the petals of the yellow rose foreshadow the friends and the friendships, steadfast and
unwavering, that will bless you in the years ahead.”

Marianne begins showering Brooke with pink petals

“The pink rose and her petals speak of the tender love and compassion your spirit shall know.
The love that knows no bounds both in this life, and that which shall follow.”

Sara begins showering Brooke with red petals

“And as always, may the passion of the red rose forever kindle the fire in your heart for both
life itself and for all the passions you find there in.”

Kim: “May you know blessings in your life, that your
father and I have had in ours.”

Adam: “Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends and family,
Our daughter Brooke Moon!”
Madelyn’s
Baby Blessing Ceremony

~ Opening Words ~

“What you are all about to witness here today is truly a celebration of love, and of life! As
Madelyn is here today, she is new and perfect, with no need of fixing nor cleansing. She is a
gift. Her smile, her laughter, and her presence enrich the lives of all who know her. Only half
way through her first year here, seven months old, and already she has made the world a better
place.

‘In every birth, blessed is the wonder.
In every creation, blessed is the new beginning.
In every child, blessed is life.
In every hope, blessed is the potential.
In every transition, blessed is the beginning.
In every existence, blessed are the possibilities.
In every love, blessed are the tears.
In every life, blessed is the love.  
There are three names by which a person is called:
One which her father and mother call her,
And one which people call her,  
And one which she earns for herself.
The best one of these is the one that she earns for herself.’

Today we simply give thanks and celebrate all the many wonderful blessings Madelyn brings
and do our best to remember, and be thankful for, the very special role that we all have in her
life.

Dawn and Rani, as you hold your daughter will you now reflect on the gratitude and joy in
your heart, remembering to be thankful for all that has come to pass, and all that has made it
possible for Madelyn to come to be as well as all of the amazing things that her future shall
hold.”

Parents reflect for a moment then kiss their daughter

~ The Parent’s Vows ~

“Dawn and Rani, the journey of parenthood is one of amazing beauty, this is clear just to look
at you both. The love that radiates from and around you and your daughter today shall change
over the years. We gather here because it is our wish that Madelyn grow to be a woman who
truly loves her life. You most of all will be her guide on this journey. It is important to provide
not only food and clothing to a child but also time and love and respect. So it is only right that
this ceremony should include your promise to nurture your daughter in all ways as she grows.
Therefore as a promise to her and a reminder to yourselves as the years pass, I now ask you…

Do you promise to teach Madelyn not who or what, but how to love, to trust, to respect, and to
dream so that she may truly participate in the remarkable journey that is life?

Parents: “Yes.”

To be honest about your triumphs and as well as your missteps so that Madelyn will have the
valuable opportunity to learn form your example,
yet still be free to learn her own lessons in life?

Parents: “Yes.”

“That you will value her hopes and dreams and let her
know that she will always be welcomed, accepted and loved
for who she is and for who she is not?”

Parents: “Yes.”

To expose her to a variety of experiences, showing her the beginnings of many a wondrous
journey, instilling in her a sense of wonder and passion, and the knowledge that she alone has
the power to complete herself?

Parents: “Yes.”

Do you promise to hold her close in your hearts always, yet still encourage her to stand on her
own when the time comes so that she may discover her own true self?  

Parents: “Yes.”

~ “I Am Love” ~
Author Unknown

“Dawn and Rani have asked Maggie to read for us.”

Maggie comes forward introduces and delivers the reading

“Some say I can fly on the wind, yet I haven’t any wings.
Some have found me floating on the open sea,
yet I cannot swim.
Some have felt my warmth on cold nights,
yet I have no flame.
And though you cannot see me,
I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces.
I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes.
I am hidden in the smile lines of your mother's faces
I am their shield as they guard your home.
Some say I am stronger than steel,
yet I am as fragile as a tear.
Some have never searched for me,
yet I am around them always.
Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless.
And though you cannot hear me,
I dance on the laughter of children.
I am woven into the whispers of passion.
I am in the blessings of Great Grandmothers.
I embrace the cries of newborn babies.
Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed.
Some have little faith in me,
yet I will always believe in them.
Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul.
And though you cannot touch me,
I am the gentle hand of the kind.
I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night.
I am the hug of a child.
I am love.”

Maggie returns to her seat

~ The Godparents Vows ~

“It is often mistakenly thought that the Godparents are the ones who shall raise a child in the
event that the parents cannot. But this is not so. Godparents are those who promise they will be
there to help the child grow spiritually. Theirs is a place in Madelyn’s life almost like a
guardian angel. The promise is one of a physical presence in her life as someone who she
knows will always be standing quietly behind her, encouraging her to make good choices, and
sharing with her the lessons they themselves have learned along the way.

Dawn and Rani, as Madelyn’s parents the duty to safeguard her future is yours. Have you
chosen those who will aid you in giving love and council to your child as she grows?”

Dawn and Rani: “We Have.”

Dawn:  “We have chosen Genine and Ray

Rani:  Because these are two very special people in both of our lives,
They have both have been there through all we have gone through to get to this day and have
stuck by us all the way.”

Godparents come forward

“While you are not Madelyn’s parents the place that you have both taken in her life is an
important one. Dawn and Rani trust your motivations and your judgment completely and they
take comfort in knowing that although there will be times when Madelyn cannot come to them,
that she will always be able to come to you for guidance and support. By accepting the role of
Godparent you say to Madelyn and the world. I promise, I will be there for you as you grow
into womanhood. With this in mind I now ask you...


Will you as best as you can, help take care of Madelyn?
To protect her at all times from harm?
To encourage, guide and support her in all her endeavors,
Help her recognize the beauty within herself and all things,
And to become some day not the woman we wish for her but the realization of her own hopes,
dreams and the fulfillment of her soul?”

Godparents: “We will.”

“May you always know how special you are to Dawn and Rani that they would ask you to tend
to the most precious thing that they have in this world..”

~ Pledge of Support ~

“The Godparents do not stand alone this day, for their role is a special one the presence and
support of all of you, family and friends, is needed for Madelyn to grow strong and balanced.
Each of you possess such beautiful qualities, and strength of character that have been a
blessing to Dawn and Rani‘s life. Today we ask that you acknowledge your acceptance of the
task of providing a supportive community to Madelyn. Through your presence and example,
you will help her discover her own extraordinary talents and contribute them towards a better
world. There are many paths, and each must find their own. So do you agree teach young
Madelyn all the things you know to be true in your heart, so that when she is fully grown, she
shall discover her own truths. She will know which path is hers and shall travel it with joy. Do
you so accept this responsibility?”

Guests: “We do.”

~ Blessing ~

“Our Lord God,
You have blessed this family with a new life,
May the gift of Madelyn’s presence bring joy and gladness
to the hearts of all who love her.
May she be blessed and protected
through all of the wonderful
and difficult things that they years will bring.
May she find goodness and inspiration, and be given
the wisdom to discern the true from the transient,
May her life be rich and full,
in wealth that is measured by both the physical
and spiritual context of her existence
May Madelyn be prosperous in all ways.
May she love well and be well loved.
Through each passage and season,
May she always be surrounded
by the warmth of family and friends.
And may her days be forever filled with love and happiness.

Amen”

~ “On Children” from The Prophet ~
by Kahlil Gibran

“Dawn and Rani have asked Dawn‘s Aunt Peggy to come and read for us.”

Aunt Peggy comes forward, introduces and delivers the reading

“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward not tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and bends you with might that the arrows
may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as the Archer loves the arrow that flies,
so the Archer also loves the bow that is stable.”

Aunt Peggy returns to her place

~ Closing Words An “Irish Baby Blessing.” ~

“May all the blessing of our Lord touch your life today.
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way.
Such a miraculous gift, sent from above.
Someone so precious to cherish and love.
May sunshine and moonbeams dance over you head.
As you quietly slumber in your bed.
May good luck be with you wherever you go.
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.”

Dawn: “May you know blessings of love family and friendship in your life, that we have had
in ours.”

Rani: “Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends and family,
Our daughter Madelyn Breitstein!”
What a happy baby!
Matthew was welcomed
and blessed in the very
Long Island NY yard
that he still plays in, as
was his brother.
Choosing to house our
most precious memories
where we live is a
beautiful thing!
Isn't she beautiful?

Brooke's Welcoming took
place in Forrest
Park,Brooklyn NY, which
is the home of a fully
restored turn of the century
carousel. The music
drifting in with the breeze
on what was an unusually
warm spring day was the
perfect background for her
formal introduction to the
world.
The Baptism below was
written by the warm and
wonderful
Rev. Michael Scarlett.
If you are looking for an
officiant in Massachusetts
or New England the
pictures on his website
speak volumes of the
spirit he will add to your
day.
~ Sean Michael's Baptism Ceremony ~

Ceremony begins with the Godmother holding the Child

"Dearly beloved, we are honored with the privilege of being present here today to witness and
support in faith the christening of Sean Michael; the son of JP and Luisa born into this world on
April 6th 2004.

You have been invited here as family and friends and request your prayers and spiritual support
in Sean’s life. It has been said that in a Christening, Heaven comes down and surrounds the
child with God's love for which the effect is lifelong. We join our thoughts and sincere
goodwill, asking that Christ's peace might embrace this family and an arc of God's light
surround Sean for all of his days.

Jesus said:
'Let the little children come unto me and forbid them not; for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.'

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ instructs us that all should come to faith with the eyes and
heart of a child. Today, we dedicate Sean Michael to Our God in this Christening. In Jesus
Christ, we are set free of the punishment of sin and oppression of law. By grace in faith we are
forgiven and assured eternal life.

Jesus gave unto us two great commandments, which we should strive in heart and mind to obey.
Both are of Love. To love God with all our hearts, and to love others as we would have others
love us."

~ Charge to Parents ~

"JP and Luisa, will you teach Sean the truth that from this moment he may realize his unity with
God and of Christian doctrine, the gospel ministry and of the salvation by grace through our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Will you try to conduct your own life so that by both word and
example, Sean may learn to live joyously and harmoniously with Christian principle and the
assurance of salvation - will you strive to do this to the best of your ability?"

parents: "We Will."

~ Charge to Godparents ~

"Elizabeth and Michael, as Godparents to Sean, God will give you the wisdom and ability to
hold within your heart forever his spiritual welfare. You are charged with the responsibility of
seeing to the spiritual welfare of this child should the need arise and it is you who stands as
spiritual counselors. Do you accept this duty and charge?"

Godparents: "We do."

"Do you promise to love, honor,
support and encourage Sean throughout his life?"

Godparents: "We do."


~ Christening of Name ~

"What name have you chosen for this child?"

Parents: "Sean Michael"

"So be it. We christen you Sean Michael" in the name of the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. I christen you that you may know the pure and holy spirit of
God, your eternal source of faith. May you come to know God within your heart all the days of
your life and express your highest potential in Christian service.

~ Baptism ~

"I baptize you Sean Michael in the name of the Father;
In the name of the Son;
and in the name of the Holy Spirit;
Amen.

Mother, then Father, then Godmother and Godfather make the sign of the cross on Child’s
forehead, repeating:

"In the name of the Father; of the Son; and the Holy Spirit; Amen."

Celebrant continues

"Let us pray.
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secret is
kept, we place ourselves under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Grant us and this child now
dedicated to you, our Lord God and Heavenly Father, a clear understanding of the duties and
obligations we now assume.

We pray for the care and protection of Sean in body and soul. We surrender him to your hands.
Please, Dear Heavenly Father, bind your angels to bless and attend him always. May his heart
grow strong, may he love patiently, and may he do what is good and holy in your eyes. This we
pray in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sean, as a child of the covenant, receive this blessing. In Baptism you are sealed by the Holy
Spirit and marked as Christ's own forever and ever. Amen."

~ Anointing of Oil ~  

"Throughout the Bible, Old and New Testament, anointing with oil was an act in recognition of
wealth, prominence, inheritance and position. Yet in the anointing of Christ before his death on
the cross, we were shown the true measure of possession, inheritance and wealth is not found
by worldly measures.

Sean, having now been dedicated into the Kingdom of God, Your family and I will now anoint
thee with all the wealth you now possess as one in the Kingdom of God - the power and
majesty of our Lord God; the unlimited and sacrificial love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
and the spiritual wisdom and assurance of the Holy Spirit; and of your great inheritance - life
everlasting in the paradise of heaven - of perfect peace, harmony and joy.
No man or woman could possess more than this.

Celebrant anoints Child’s chest

"
In the name of the Father; of the Son; and the Holy Spirit; Amen."


~ Candle Ceremony ~

"In Christian worship traditionally, the lighting of candles has many spiritual meanings. The
light of candle represents the light of a person's life. The flame represents the eternal truth of
God. The light shining forth represents God's truth shining forth upon the world. For believers
to collectively light a candle, represents the sharing and fellowship of faith; and traditionally
represents the unity of the individual believers with Christ and the body of believers of
Christianity, both in this world and in heaven.
I ask each Godparent and each parent to take one of the candles and light this candle. Then,
together, light the center candle for Sean, as the light of his life.

Parents and Godparents light their tapers then together they light the center candle

I ask that at the conclusion of this service, each of you keep your candle for this reason:

Should there be a time in Sean’s future for which he faces difficult times of trial, or be called
upon to make grave decisions - of hardship or joy, or become lost in spirit - you should, as the
duty and obligation you have assumed today - find a quiet place alone to yourself.  Light this
candle or another and through pray ask for the safekeeping of Sean in both body and soul from
our Heavenly Father, the revelation of grace and salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
and the spiritual guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Hear the words of Our Lord, Jesus Christ:
"All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to
the very end of time. (Matt. 28 18-20)

Sean, from this day onward, no matter how dark the world may seem nor how alone and lost
you may feel, you shall never be alone again, never without hope or assurance of final victory.

The Lord will Bless you and Keep you;
make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
Lift his Countenance unto you and give you peace.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen."
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Seong-Jin’s
Blessing Ceremony

~ Preamble ~

“Good afternoon and welcome! As we will be beginning shortly I would ask that those of you
with telecommunications devices, Cell phones, beepers and such, if you will please turn them
off or switch them to vibrate at this time.

This is the home in which three generations of Lauren’s family have grown up and at the
close of their ceremony they will be enhancing the landscape here with the National lower of
Korea, a Rose of Sharon. The Rose of Sharon blooms every day from early July through late
October. Some 2,000 to 3,000 bloom on a single plant, which is strong enough to survive
even when it is transplanted or cut for decoration and flower arrangements. Thus, the flower
represents the wish for lasting development and prosperity. Koreans cherish and care for the
national flower as it symbolizes many achievements the country has realized, and the trials
and tribulations the people have overcome. This is much like the journey that a family shares
as each of it’s members seek their own path.

Lauren and Colin ask that as we conclude the ceremony you help them by taking one of the
containers of dirt over by the new shrub and bring to mind your love and support, perhaps a
wish or a blessing and add your soil to the roots of the plant that it Song-Jin and this family
will all grow strong with time. And now without further delay we will begin!”


~ Opening Words ~

Lauren and Colin take their place with their son Seong-Jin

“Welcome dear friends and family. We gather today
celebrate Seong-Jin’s birth, our union as a family, and to give thanks to the forces that
brought us together. We acknowledge all of the people who love Seong-Jin now, who have
loved him in the past and those who will help in the future help him to become the man he is
intended to be. Today Lauren and Colin pledge their love and support to their son, and
officially share with you all the name they have given him. To share a name is to “claim”
him as a part of this family. This has been a long awaited moment and their joy to be able to
share it with you whom they love most in the world, is yet another of their many blessings.”

~ Naming  ~

“Names are an important part of one’s identity. In Korea, the family name comes first
followed by a two-syllable given name.  It is not a first and middle name but rather the two
syllables or words together are the given name.  Seong-Jin’s Korean name is Kim Seong-Jin.
Lauren and Colin have chosen to keep Seong-Jin’s beautiful name while adding new parts.

His first name will be Seong-Jin. Seong means accomplish, and Jin means true. It is their
hope that he always remains true to himself and to others and that he accomplishes all that he
sets out to do.

His middle name will be Martin after Lauren’s beloved grandfather. It was Lauren’s
grandfather who took the role of father in her life and they wanted Seong-Jin to have his
name. His second middle name will be Kim which is his birthmother’s family name so he
may keep his connection with her family.

And his last name will be Bartoldus continuing a tradition of fine Bartoldus men.”

~ Candle Lighting  ~

“For three families, I Kate, Seong-Jin’s aunt, Joann, and Lauren and Colin to come forward
and light  to come forward and light three candles in love, respect, and gratitude for those
who have made Seong-Jin’s past, present, and future one that was overwhelmingly filled with
love for this child.

With every new life, respect must be given to those who came before. Today we give thanks
to all of our ancestors from Korea, the US, and Europe.

Seong-Jin’s experience is different from most in that in his short life he has had three families
love him. In this ceremony we wish to acknowledge all of the families who love Seong-Jin
and have important roles in his life.

First Candle is for Seong-Jin’s biological family who made an adoption plan for him out of
pure, unselfish love. His birthmother put aside her own feelings and desire to raise her baby
boy in the hopes that he could have a better life than she could provide. Let Seong-Jin always
know how much his birth family loves him. Let Seong-Jin’s birth mother find peace knowing
how loved Seong-Jin is.

Katie lights the first candle

The Second Candle is for his Foster Family. Ms. Kang, her


husband, and daughter Yu Jin loved and cared for Seong-Jin from the time he was a week old
until Lauren and Colin picked him up in Seoul five months later. Lauren and Colin were so
lucky to be able to meet the Ms. Kong and see first hand how well Seong-Jin was taken care
of and how hard it was for her to say goodbye. As Seong-Jin was their first foster child he
will always have a special place in their hearts.

Joann lights the second candle

The Third Candle is for the family that we are all a part of. Colin and Lauren had their
greatest dream come true on November 17th when they saw the picture of the little boy who
would become their son. In the realization of that dream we celebrate the lifetime of joys to
come in watching and helping Seong-Jin grow into manhood knowing that he is forever part
of their family.

Lauren and Colin light the third candle

And will you now together light the center candle representing Seong-Jin.”

All light the center candle together

~ Promises to Seong-Jin  ~

“Lauren and Colin, the journey of parenthood is one of amazing beauty, this is clear just to
look at you both. The love that radiates from and around you and your son today shall change
over the years. We gather here because it is our wish that Seong-Jin  grow to be a man who
truly loves his life. You most of all will be his guide on this journey. It is important to
provide not only food and clothing to a child but also time and love and respect. So it is only
right
that this ceremony should include your promise to nurture your son in all ways as he grows.
Therefore as a promise to him and a reminder to yourselves as the years pass, I now ask you:

Do you promise to keep the bonds between you strong, thereby providing your son with a
stable and loving home, giving him a firm foundation, and a good example of what it means
to be committed to one another in love and joy, through difficult and wonderful times as
husband and wife, parents, partners, teachers and friends?”

Parents: “Yes.”

Do you promise to teach Seong-Jin not who or what, but how to love, to trust, to respect, and
to dream so that he may truly participate in the remarkable journey that is life? And hat you
will continue to value his hopes and dreams and let him know that he will always be
welcomed, accepted


and loved for who he is and for who he is not and that there is nothing you can’t conquer as a
family?”

Parents: “Yes”

“Do you promise to not only take the responsibility of loving and caring for Seong-Jin as
your own, but also to understand and be proud of where he comes from? And to offer him to
a wide variety of experiences, showing him the beginnings of many a wondrous journey,
instilling in him a sense of wonder and passion, and the knowledge that he alone has the
power to complete himself?”

Parents: “Yes”

“Do you promise to hold him close in your hearts always, yet still encourage him to stand on
his own when the time comes so that he may discover his own true self? And to be honest
about your triumphs and as well as your missteps so that Seong-Jin will have the valuable
opportunity to learn form your example, yet still be free to learn his own lessons in life?”

Parents: “Yes”

“Children not only learn from their parents but are guided
by other caring adults. Although all of you here will help
fulfill that role for Seong-Jin, Lauren and Colin have chosen
two very special people to aid them. Nicole and Jamie will you join us?

Nicole and Jamie step forward

The promise Lauren and Colin ask you to make is one of a physical presence in their son’s
life as the two people who he knows will always be standing quietly behind him, encouraging
him to make good choices, and sharing with him the lessons that you yourselves have learned
along the way. Colin and Lauren trust your motivations and your judgment completely and
they take comfort in knowing that although there will be times when Seong-Jin cannot come
to them, that he will always be able to come to you for guidance and support. With this in
mind I now ask you...

Do you promise to love and encourage Seong-Jin through out his life? Do you promise to
offer him your eyes to see his triumphs and his difficulties in a way that will best serve him?
Do you promise him your ear when he needs advice and when he just needs to speak? Do
you promise him your openness, your honesty and your presence as someone who loves him
almost as much as Lauren and Colin themselves?”

Nicole and Jamie: “We do.”

“May Seong-Jin bring to your hearts a lifetime of joy and wonder.”

~  Name Chops ~

“Today we celebrate all kinds of family and relationships. Seong-Jin was very lucky in that
the family he came to included Aiden his “best cousin”. From the first time Aiden saw a
picture of Seong-Jin, he couldn’t wait to play with him and teach him things. Aiden is very
gentle, sweet, and protective of Seong-Jin and Seong-Jin adores his big cousin. It is already
clear that they have a special bond that will grow as they grow. Aiden will you join us?

Aiden comes up

Your Titi and Uncle Colin want you to know how special you are to them and to Seong-Jin.
They love you very much and are so happy that Seong-Jin has you as his cousin. And what
better way to show you this than with a gift to always remind you of their love.

Aiden is given his gift

Name chops are used in Korea as signatures. Seong-Jin and Aiden will both be given name
chops and special cousin charms. The charms say in Korean “Aiden and Seong-Jin- best
cousins.”


~ Closing Words  ~

“Will you now each in your own way join with me in spirit as I ask for blessings upon this
child….

May you be blessed with love.
May your life be full of those whose hearts are pure
May you love well, and be well loved.

May you be blessed with wisdom.
May you continually learn from the world around you. Seeing with eyes of kindness may
they guide you always.

May you be blessed with community.
May you always be blessed with the awareness
that you are an essential part of a circle of family and friends.
May there always be within this group a sense of mutual love, trust, support and respect.

May you be blessed with art and beauty.
May your creative aspirations and experiences find expression
and bring you joy and fulfillment.

May you be blessed with health.
May life bestow upon you wholeness of mind, body, and spirit.
May you live long and know many joys.

With those good intentions still in mind will Seong-Jin’s grandparents come up and place the
Rose of Sharon in the ground?


Grandparents cone forward pause for a moment to reflect on the soil and then begin the
planting process and return to their seats

As the Rose of Sharon has been an important part of Korean Culture for centuries, it was the
natural choice for Colin and Lauren when they wanted to show their gratitude for the past, for
their integrated family and for the promise of the future.”

Lauren: “Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends and family may I present…..

Colin: “Our son Seong-Jin Martin Kim Bartoldus!”
International adoption has
become more and more
common. But once you
have your beautiful baby
then what? For those who
do not belong to a
traditional church or for
those who want a
celebration that reflects
their child's journey and
their gratitude to be
parents, perhaps this next
ceremony will be of
interest.
~ Baby Blessings ~
Dear April,

Gene, Phoenix, and I would
like to express our thanks to
you.  The ceremony you
preformed was truly amazing.  
It will always be an important
and wonderful memory.  We
are so appreciative of your gift
of Phoenix’s Baby Blessing.  
Thank you again!

Love, Gene, Allison, and
Phoenix
Blessing Ceremony of
Marcus James Argaman

~ Opening Words ~

“Welcome family and friends, today we are here to welcome and bless Marcus James.
Melissa, Sean and Jaden have indeed been blessed with the birth of their son and brother,
Marcus James. We are here to acknowledge that children are the greatest gift and most blessed
responsibility bestowed upon a family. A spirituality is something that cannot be chosen for a
child. Yet the desire to bless and protect them as they set out on their path is universal. There
is something larger than ourselves that helps us through difficult times and makes wonderful
times even better with the assurance that even when we are alone… we are never truly alone.
Today we simply give thanks and celebrate the wonderful blessing that Marcus James is to his
parents, his family and the world.

Melissa and Sean, the journey of parenthood is one of amazing beauty, this is clear just to look
at you both. The love that radiates from and around you and your son today shall change over
the years. We gather here because it is our wish that Marcus grow to be a man who truly loves
his life. You most of all will be his guide on this journey. It is important to provide not only
food and clothing to a child but also time and love and respect. So it is only right that this
ceremony should include your promise to nurture your son in all ways as he grows.

Therefore as a promise to him and a reminder to yourselves as the years pass, I now ask you…

Do you promise to teach Marcus not who or what, but how to love, to trust, to respect, and to
dream so that he may truly participate in the remarkable journey that is life?”

Parents: “Yes.”

“To be honest about your triumphs and as well as your missteps so that Marcus will have the
valuable opportunity to learn from your example, yet still be free to learn his own lessons in
life?”

Parents: “Yes.”

“That you will value his hopes and dreams and let him know that he will always be welcomed,
accepted and loved or who he is and for who he is not?”

Parents: “Yes.”

“To expose him to a variety of experiences, showing him the beginnings of many a wondrous
journey, instilling in him a sense of wonder and passion, and the knowledge that he alone has
the power to complete himself?”

Parents: “Yes.”

“Do you promise to hold him close in your hearts always, yet still encourage him to stand on
his own when the time comes so that he may discover his own true self?”  

Parents: “Yes.”

“Today we celebrate all kinds of family and relationships. Marcus James was very lucky in
that the family he came to included Jaden, his brother. Jaden has been exited about the newest
member of his family since before Marcus was born.  He even gave him his own special name
“Marcus Allen Sweetbug.”  From the first time Jaden saw his little brother he couldn’t wait to
play with him and teach him things. Jaden is very sweet, loving and protective of Marcus and
Marcus already adores his big brother. It is clear that they have a special bond that will grow
as they grow. Jaden will you join us?

Jaden comes up

Your momma and daddy want you to know how special you are to them and to Marcus. They
love you very much and are so happy that Marcus has such a great big brother.  You and
Marcus are so lucky to have each other!  Would you like to give your brother a kiss?

Jaden kisses his baby brother and returns to place


~  “Children Learn What They Live”  ~
Author Unknown

“Sean and Melissa have asked Kasey, Melissa’s cousin and goddaughter to read for us.”

Kasey comes forward introduces and delivers the reading

“Children learn what they live.
If a child lives with criticism, she learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, she learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilt.
If a child lives with tolerance, she learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, she learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, she learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance, he or she learns to find love in the world.”

Kasey returns to place

~  Interfaith Address  ~

“Melissa and Sean have shared with me the way their different religious backgrounds have
shaped who they are today.  Jews and Christians hold both similarities and differences. We
have different theologies, different liturgies, different holiday cycles, and different ways of
celebrating the life cycle. Nevertheless, Jews and Christians share many things, and what they
share is no less profound than our differences.

They share a belief in a God who can be approached through prayer and worship, a God who
loves and is revealed in the Bible and in history. They share a book, the Hebrew Bible, which
most Christians call the Old Testament.

Both Jews and Christians celebrate religious rituals at the beginning of life. In virtually all
cultures, rituals for babies are moments of sacred initiation, and many share certain elements-
especially joy and gratitude for the gift of a new person in the world. Most Jewish and
Christian birth rituals also bestow a name upon a new baby. By doing this within a religious
framework, both traditions give a spiritual dimension to the child’s identity.

Melissa and Sean share a common belief in a spiritual higher power.  They believe in the
beauty of humanity and the goodness in all people.  They believe in the richness of tradition
and wish to share with their children the traditions of their separate families so as to create
their own spiritual journey together.  Today they will bless their son, Marcus James, with both
Godparents and a Hebrew name.”

~  Naming  ~

“Jewish children living outside of Israel are traditionally given a Hebrew name for use in
religious rituals, and a secular name for purposes of civil birth records and daily use.  As a
child, Sean was given the Hebrew name Daniel by his parents.  Sean and Melissa gave their
son Jaden a Hebrew name when he was a baby.  Jaden’s Hebrew name, Asher Isaac, means
laughter and smile and signifies his true spirit.  Today, Sean and Melissa would like to present
their son, Marcus James with his own Hebrew name.”

Sean: “Marcus, your mother and I name you Pele Eitan, brother of Asher Issac. We accept the
responsibility to care for you and nurture you. We pledge ourselves to honor and cherish your
uniqueness. We commit ourselves to the integrity of life and recognize the power of our living
example.”

Melissa: “Marcus James Pele Eitan, you have been loved and wanted since long before you
were born.  We longed to be blessed with your arrival and we consider your presence in our
life to be a true miracle.  This is why we have chosen to give you the Hebrew name Pele,
meaning miracle.  Your fighting spirit and strong will has been evident to us since we first laid
eyes on you which is why we chose to give you the name Eitan meaning strong.”  

Sean: “We hope that this name will provide you with a sense of individuality. We selected
these names because they are beautiful and unique, as you are a beautiful and unique human
being.”

~  Jewish Blessing  ~

“In every birth, blessed is the wonder.
In every creation, blessed is the new beginning.
In every child, blessed is life.
In every hope, blessed is the potential.
In every transition, blessed is the beginning.
In every existence, blessed are the possibilities.
In every love, blessed are the tears.
In every life, blessed is the love.  
There are three names by which a person is called:
One which his father and mother call him,
And one which people call him,  
And one which she earns for himself.
The best one of these is the one that he earns for himself."

~ The Godparents Vows  ~

“It is often mistakenly thought that the Godparents are the ones who shall raise a child in the
event that the parents cannot. But this is not so. Godparents are those who promise they will
be there to help the child grow spiritually. Theirs is a place in Marcus’s life almost like a
guardian angel. The promise is one of a physical presence in his life as someone who he
knows will always be standing quietly behind him, encouraging him to make good choices,
and sharing with him the lessons they themselves have learned along the way.

Melissa and Sean, as Marcus’s parents the duty to safeguard his future is yours. Have you
chosen those who will aid you in giving love and council to your child as he grows?”

Melissa and Sean: “We Have.”

Melissa:  “We have chosen Kasey and Chris”

Sean:  “Because these are two very special people in both of our lives
who we know love our son unconditionally.”

Godparents come forward

“While you are not Marcus’s parents the place that you have both taken in his life is an
important one. Melissa and Sean trust your motivations and your judgment completely and
they take comfort in knowing that although there will be times when Marcus cannot come to
them, that he will always be able to come to you for guidance and support. By accepting the
role of Godparent you say to Marcus and the world. I promise, I will be there for you as you
grow into manhood. With this in mind I now ask you...

Will you as best as you can, help take care of Marcus? To protect him at all times from harm?
To encourage, guide and support him in all his endeavors, help him recognize the beauty
within himself and all things, and to become some day not the man we wish for him but the
realization of his own hopes, dreams and the fulfillment of his soul?”

Godparents: “We will.”

“Each of you possess such beautiful qualities, and strength of character that have been a
blessing to Melissa and Sean’s life. Today we ask that you acknowledge your acceptance of
the task of providing a supportive community to Marcus. Through your presence and example,
you will help him discover his own extraordinary talents and contribute them towards a better
world. There are many paths, and each must find their own. So do you agree teach young
Marcus all the things you know to be true in your heart, so that when he is fully grown, he
shall discover his own truths.  He will know which path is his and shall travel it with joy. Do
you so accept this responsibility?”

Godparents: “We do.”

“May you always know how special you are to Melissa and Sean that they would ask you to
tend to the most precious thing that they have in this world..”


~ Water Ceremony  ~

“Water has long been considered by many as the source of life…. Water is in and around all of
us, and is also a symbol of the human spirit--- always in motion, never ceasing, only taking
new forms….. Every element of God’s creation needs water to grow and thrive, to even
survive. The trees and flowers, the fish and the birds, and all of us…….. Water nourishes us,
cleanses us, comforts us, renews us.

So…..Because we believe and know in our hearts that Marcus James made his way onto this
earth as a pure, innocent, and perfect soul, this ceremony is not intended to cleanse him from
sin. It is instead to celebrate his life, and to signify our intentions to nourish his heart, his
mind, his body, and his spirit…. to allow his life to flow in the direction he chooses each day,
with the love and guidance of God and family to help him find his way.

Our prayer for you is that the love that surrounds you today will wash over you like rain every
day of your life, just as this water rains on you now…

The love of God,

officiant sprinkles water over the child’s head

The love of your parents,

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The love of your brother, Jaden

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and the love of all your family, friends, and loved ones, whether near or far,

officiant sprinkles water over the child’s head

may love be all you know from this day forward.”

~ Irish Baby Blessing ~

“May all the blessings of our Lord touch your life today.
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way.
Such a miraculous gift, sent from above.
Someone so precious to cherish and love.
May sunshine and moonbeams dance over your head.
As you quietly slumber in your bed.
May good luck be with you wherever you go.
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.”

~ Closing Words and Presentation  ~

“The Hebrew word for joy, simcha, is also the Hebrew word for party. Today’s blessing is a
simcha that signifies the triumph of life, the promise of a new generation. According to Jewish
law and tradition, all life-cycle events include a meal of celebration and expressions of
happiness.  Today shall be no different as the Argaman family invites you all to help them
celebrate the blessing of their son, Marcus James Pele Eitan!”  
Dear April,
We can't thank you enough for
delivering a truly remarkable
blessings ceremony for Leonardo.  It
was exactly how we wanted it.  We
really appreciate what you do and the
value you have created in our lives.
We wish you love, peace, and
happiness always.
In gratitude,
Amy, John, and Leonardo
Chloe Kristine Graniello’s
Blessing Ceremony

~ Opening Words  ~

“Welcome family and friends, today we are here to welcome and bless Chloe Kristine.
Kristine and Michael have indeed been blessed with the birth of their daughter Chloe Kristine.
Today we are here to acknowledge that children are the greatest gift and most blessed
responsibility bestowed upon a family. A spirituality is something that cannot be chosen for a
child. Yet the desire to bless and protect them as they set out on their path is universal. So we
will begin with a prayer of gratitude and hope.

Heavenly Father, you have blessed this family with a new life,
May the gift of Chloe’s presence bring joy and gladness
to the hearts of all who love her.
May she be blessed and protected through all of the wonderful
and difficult things that the years will bring.
May she find goodness and inspiration, and be given
the wisdom to discern the true from the transient,
May her life be rich and full, in wealth that is measured
by both the physical and spiritual context of her existence
May Chloe be prosperous in all ways.
May she love well and be well loved.
Through each passage and season,
May she always be surrounded
by the warmth of family and friends.
And may her days be forever filled with love and happiness.
Amen.”

~ The Parent’s Vows  ~

“Kristine and Michael, the journey of parenthood is one of amazing beauty, this is clear just to
look at you both. The love that radiates from and around you and your daughter today shall
change over the years. We gather here because it is our wish that Chloe Kristine grow to be a
woman who truly loves her life. You most of all will be her guide on this journey. It is
important to provide not only food and clothing to a child but also time and love and respect.
So it is only right that this ceremony should include your promise to nurture your daughter in
all ways as she grows. Therefore as a promise to her and a reminder to yourselves as the years
pass, I now ask you: Do you promise to keep the bonds between you strong, thereby providing
Chloe Kristine with a stable and loving home, giving her a firm foundation, and a good
example of what it means to be committed to one another in love and joy, through difficult
and wonderful times as husband and wife, parents, partners, teachers and friends?”

Parents: “Yes.”

“That you will value her hopes and dreams and let he rknow that she will always be
welcomed, accepted and loved for who she is and for who she is not.”

Parents: “Yes.”

“To expose her to a variety of experiences, showing her the beginnings
of many a wondrous journey, instilling in her a sense of wonder and passion,
and the knowledge that she alone has the power to complete herself?”

Parents: “Yes.”

“Do you promise to hold her close in your hearts always, yet still encourage her to stand on
her own when the time comes so that she may discover her own true self?”

Parents: “Yes.”

“Do you promise to instill in your daughter a connection to the divinity that lives both in the
world around and within herself, that she will know her true and inherent value as a human
being and a child of the Universe?”

Parents: “Yes.”

~ Naming and Water Blessing  ~

“Names have always been a powerful part of our identity. They signify acceptance and
belonging to a group or a family. The name Chloe means “blooming”. It is reminiscent of the
ever unfolding journey of life, of the sweetness and beauty to be found in it. The name
Kristine meaning “follower of God“ was chosen to honor her mother. And of course Graniello
which honors Michael’s side of the family, the loving nurturing generosity of his parents and
all those who have gone before them.

Our baptismal prayer for you is that the love that surrounds you today will wash over you like
rain every day of your life, just as this water rains on you now…

The love of God,

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the love of your parents,

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and the love of all your family, friends, and loved ones,
whether near or far,

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I Baptize/Christen/Formally Name you Chloe Kristine Graniello.
From this day forward, may you know Love to be your constant companion.”


~ The Godparents  ~

“It is often mistakenly thought that the Godparents are the ones who shall raise a child in the
event that the parents cannot. But this is not so. Godparents are those who promise they will
be there to help the child grow spiritually. The promise is one of a physical presence in her life
as someone who she knows will always be standing quietly behind her, encouraging her to
make good choices, and sharing with her the lessons they themselves have learned along the
way.

As Chloe Kristine’s parents Kristine and Michael, have the responsibility to safeguard her
future. Have you chosen those who will aid you in giving love and council to your child as she
grows?”

Kristine and Michael: “We Have.”

“We have chosen Peter and Kerri.”

Godparents come forward

“While you are not Chloe Kristine’s parents the place that you have both taken in her life is an
important one. Kristine and Michael trust your motivations and your judgment completely and
they take comfort in knowing that she will always be able to come to you for guidance and
support. By accepting the role of Godparent you say to Chloe Kristine; I promise, I will be
there for you. With this in mind I now ask you...

Do you, vow and promise to take Chloe Kristine as your spiritual child, to nurture and protect
her, give her your love, strength and support, to keep her from harms way, and help to guide
in goodness this new soul on the earth?”

Godparents: “We will.”

“May you always know how special you are to Kristine and Michael that they would ask you
to tend to the most precious thing that they have in this world.”

~  Closing Blessing and Presentation  ~

“With all our hopes and dreams for your future, we celebrate your being.
May you always feel the love that surrounds you.
May your days be filled with wonder and your nights be gentle.
May your years on this earth be blessed with strength, health and wisdom.
May the love you are be the power forever guiding your light on this earth.
May God bless and keep you. And may your days be good and long upon this earth.”

Kristine: “May you know blessings in your life, that your father and I have had in ours.”

Michael: “Dear friends and family,
Our daughter Chloe Kristine Graniello!”