Bambinelli Sunday – which means the Blessing of the Baby Jesus figure for the crib – will
take place Sunday 11th December, Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Bring the Baby Jesus figure from your crib to be blessed. Children might like to make a comfortable manger for Baby Jesus out of a cardboard box. Then put Baby Jesus away safely, until it is time to place him gently in the Crib on Christmas Day.
Please watch out for the Wise Men who will be beginning their long journey towards the Church Crib.
Bambinelli Sunday is a strong tradition among families in Italy, when children (and adults) bring their Baby Jesus figure from the crib in their homes to St. Peter’s Square in Rome where Pope Francis blesses both the people and the figure of Baby Jesus. He then gives instructions for the Baby to be placed under the Christmas tree at home until Christmas Day, when he would then be placed in the manger – marking the arrival of Christ.
Blessing Prayer of the Baby Jesus Figures
Loving God, you loved us so much that you sent Jesus your son to be our brother and Saviour. Bless these images of Jesus, may they be a sign of your love and presence in our homes. Lord, give your blessing to all who will be with us this Christmas, especially our family and friends. Bless those who cannot gather with us this Christmas too and keep us all safe in your love. Help us to share the joy of knowing you, and to give generously to those who have nothing to share this Christmas. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.