December 3, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

Bambinelli Sunday, December 17, 9:30, Church of the Resurrection. I invite all the families of our parish to bring your figurine of the Baby Jesus which will adorn your nativity scene to this Mass to be blessed.

Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful tradition started by Pope St. John Paul II. “Bambinelli” is the Italian plural of “bambinello” which means “little baby [boy].” Bambinelli Sunday is celebrated on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. Thousands of people come to St. Peter’s Square bringing the Baby Jesus figurines from their crèches and nativity scenes; then, at the time of the Pope’s Angelus address, he blesses all the little figures of the Child Jesus.

Families also traditionally spend their Advent season making small sacrifices or doing good deeds for the Child Jesus, represented by adding a piece of straw to His manger for each good deed performed. When Christmas day arrives, the Baby Jesus is placed in the empty crèche made comfortable by these acts of charity.

Fr. Pete