In Rome for the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, and for the last number of years here in Wexford Parish, children (and adults) bring their Baby Jesus figures from the crib in their homes to St. Peter’s Square where the Pope or local priest blesses both the people and the figurines during the Angelus. This year in our Parish we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday* at our Masses on Sunday, 17th December. Children and adults are invited to bring their Baby Jesus figure from their home crib to Mass that morning to be blessed in the Church.
Following the blessing of the baby Jesus, take your “bambinelli” home and place it in a gift box, wrap it, and place it on your Christmas Tree.
Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas Day, when together you place your Baby Jesus figure in the crib, and have a home blessing of the
Nativity for your whole family.