Bambinelli Sunday – 15 December

baby jesus birth manger

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, where he would then be placed in the manger – marking the arrival of Christ. Sunday, 15th December we bless the Baby Jesus figure for our cribs. Copies of the blessing (pink sheet) are in the church porch.