From: Saturday, December 16 5:00 PM
To: Sunday, December 17 11:30 PM
Each year, on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, children gather with their families in St. Peter’s Square for “Bambinelli Sunday.”
The children bring with them figures of the Christ Child—the Bambinelli—from their family’s nativity scene.
The pope blesses the children and the figurines they have brought. Join us as we celebrate this same tradition at OLIH.
Bambinelli Sunday Blessing
God our Father,
you loved us so much, you sent us your only Son, Jesus,
born of the Virgin Mary, to save us and lead us back to you.
We pray that, with your blessing, these images of Jesus might be a sign of your presence and love in our homes.
Good Father, give your blessing to all who gather with us this Christmas, family and friends.
Open our hearts, that we might receive Jesus in joy, always do what he asks of us, and see him in those who need our love.
~Pope Benedict X