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homepage > Bambinelli Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib
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Bambinelli Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

This year, Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated for the first time in Our Lady Queen of Peace. It was great to see so many children gather before the altar at the end of the 12 noon Mass with their Bambinelli. Fr Fergus said a short prayer (see here) and then blessed each Bambinello with holy water.
 
Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful custom instituted by St John Paul II during his Papacy. On the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), children and their families travel to St. Peter’s Square and bring with them figures of baby Jesus – the Bambinelli – from their family Crib. After the Angelus the Pope blesses both the children and the figurines.

 Blessing of Bambinelli
 
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. 
We ask this in the name of Jesus, your beloved Son, who came to give peace to the world. You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
 
Pope Benedict, 2008

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