Naming Ceremony

Mattan Rofei (Gift of Healing) - Henry Evan Bunck
Nechamah (Comfort) - Megan Garvey Bunck

October 24, 2009

Leader:  God and Creator, a happy mother, Megan Garvey Bunck, and a happy grandmother, Stephanie Shipper, have come into Your presence to voice the longings of their hearts in prayer for their child Henry Evan Bunck and to give him a Hebrew name.  Grant them insight to teach their child to be faithful to the heritage of Israel, that he may grow up like a tree planted by streams of water, knowing that You and Your Torah are always near, guiding and sustaining him.

Open the eyes of his spirit, that he may ever be conscious of the beauty and wonder of your world.  Enable him to love the goodness that is in all human beings, that he may nourish the goodness implanted within him and make every person better for having encountered him.

Though none can escape sorrow and pain, we ask for him the courage to face evil, the faith to transcend it, and the strength to subdue it.  Grant him many days in his life and much life in his days.   May his presence in the world bring honor to his family and the people Israel.    

And let us say: Amen.

Let's sing together the SheHeCheYaNu prayer:

Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh Ha'Olam, shehecheyanu, vekiyemanu, vehigiyanu, lazman hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has given us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.

Mother: God of our Mothers and Fathers, I stand before you with gratitude, love and hope.  May you bring my baby boy into a life of goodness, wisdom and joy.  May it be your will that he seek peace and pursue it.  Let his light illuminate all people he encounters.  Help me to lead him in paths of righteousness, that he may be a worthy member of the Jewish community. 

Grandmother: God of all generations, I am grateful for new beginnings, for the bond of life that links each generation.  I thank You for the blessings of family that bring meaning and happiness to our lives.  I rejoice with my daughter in giving a Hebrew name to my grandson today in the presence of God and the people Israel.  May we all grow together as a family in health, harmony and love.

Leader: Now, in the presence of loved ones, we give to this child the name MATTAN ROFEI, which means Gift of Healing.  Let it become a name honored and respected for good deeds and wisdom.  May God's blessing rest upon MATTAN ROFEI now and always.

At this same time, we give to MATTAN ROFEI's mother the name NECHAMA, which means comfort.  May it become a name honored and respected for good deeds and wisdom.  May God's blessing rest upon NECHAMA now and always.

We now invoke the Priestly Blessing on this family:

(Hebrew)       May Adonai bless you and keep you.

(Hebrew)       May Adonai look kindly upon you and be gracious to you.

(Hebrew)       May Adonai bestow favor upon you and grant you peace.

And let us say: Amen.

Thank you all for participating in this naming ceremony.


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