Last week, I started my video blog series of ceremony readings with a powerful wedding reading. Today, it’s the turn of baby naming readings, and I’m sharing another profound reading from the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran.
You may have heard The Prophet (Let there be spaces in our togetherness) at weddings. On Children is also hugely popular, and it’s a favourite at baby naming ceremonies. Gibran’s big theme is freedom, the idea that if we love someone, we’ll set them free.
That’s a powerful message, especially today, when we’re bombarded on all sides with voices telling us to wrap our children in cotton wool. By choosing this reading for your baby naming, you’re giving your child a gift, the freedom to be who they are.
Here I am reading the first verse of On Children. Have a listen and let yourself be enriched by the words of Kahlil Gibran.
A hugely popular baby naming reading.
I’ve got lots of ideas to make your baby naming creative, authentic and unique. Take a look at my baby namings page to find out what you can expect.
For the next four weeks, I’m going to be doing a video blog series where I’ll be sharing some beautiful readings you can choose for your ceremonies. There’s such a range of readings available, it can send your head into a spin when you’re trying to choose. I’m hoping these video blogs will make it easier for you to choose a reading that fits your ceremony.
I’m going to feature one reading for each of the four main ceremonies I offer. This week, it’s wedding reading, from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. This reading is a favourite at weddings and includes the well-known line, ‘Love is patient and kind.’
But there’s another section of that reading which I think goes even deeper in expressing love. It’s unapologetic in declaring that without love, we are nothing. ‘If I give away all my possessions and hand over my body, but do not have love, I gain nothing,’ it states. If you’re going to be declaring your undying love on your wedding day, you may as well go hard or go home.
I’ve also chosen this biblical reading because I want you to know that even though your wedding isn’t happening in a church, your ceremony can still be spiritual in tone. As an independent celebrant, I have the flexibility to deliver a ceremony that fits your beliefs. You can choose entirely spiritual readings or a mix of spiritual and secular readings – it’s up to you.
If you want to find out what else I can offer you at your wedding ceremony, check out my Weddings page.
So, here’s me reading the extract from St Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians. Hope you find it as moving as I do.
This video shows me reading from St Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians.
And if you’d like me to help you choose beautiful readings for your special day, give me a call on 087 6959799.