A month ago, I attended and got to “stand in” on my friend Mike’s baby blessing. Listening to him bless his baby was a wonderful thing – hearing his thoughts and thoughts and feeling the Spirit.
Why do we name and bless children in the church?
Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name. (D&C 20:70)
The ordinance of naming and blessing children requires authorization from the presiding authority, which is usually your Bishop.
When blessing a baby, men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood gather in a circle and hold the baby in their hands. When blessing an older child, brethren place their hands lightly on the child’s head. The person (usually the father) who gives the blessing does the following:
- Addresses Heavenly Father.
- States that the blessing is given by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
- Gives the child a name. (by which the baby will be known on the records of the Church)
- Gives a priesthood blessing as the Spirit directs.
- Closes in the name of Jesus Christ.
Only worthy men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood may participate in naming and blessing children.