Advent begins in a little more than two weeks. The first Sunday of Advent is November 27.
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Don’t forget that Bambinelli Sunday will be the third Sunday of Advent. Perhaps your parish would like to do this? Invite children (and everyone!) to bring the baby Jesus from their home nativity for a blessing.
Bambinelli Sunday” or Benedizione dei Bambinelli is a real thing. It’s an Italian tradition, taking place most of the time on the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), although I have seen it mentioned as being celebrated on the last Sunday of Advent.
It’s done in parishes, but the big celebration is in Rome…and we wrote a book about it! (To order signed copies – even multiple copies – of the book, go here)
Anyway, I’ll be talking more about this celebration this week, but I’ll start by giving some suggestions on how to celebrate:
- In your home, Catholic school or Catholic parish school of religion, have children make a “bambinelli” like the one the boy in our story made…or any kind you like.
- Invite children and families to bring the bambinelli they’ve made and/or the Christ Child from their home nativity set to church for a blessing after Mass on that Sunday.
- If that’s not possible, invite a priest or deacon to class or a religious education session to bless the infant figures.
- You could have a special Advent event – an evening or Saturday morning – in which children and families are invited to come craft a bambinelli, share stories, share food, and, at the end, have their figures blessed.