Sunday, December 13, 2015
Throughout the weekend of December 12th and 13th, a Bambinelli Blessing will be held during all of the Masses at St. Albert the Great. “Bambinelli,” plural for the word “bambinello,” refers to the “Baby Jesus” in a Nativity scene. The Bambinelli Blessing is a thirty year old tradition that was started in Rome at the Vatican. During the noon Angelus prayer on Advent’s Third Sunday, the pope blesses all of the Bambinelli that are held up before him by the crowd of people. Since then, Roman Catholic churches from around the world, and now ours, have adopted this tradi-tion. Every family is invited to bring their “Baby Jesus” from their Nativity Scene to the Mass they attend on the Third Sunday of Advent and receive a blessing alongside the parish bambinelli. The Bambinelli Blessing will incite us to experience God’s true joy and love that comes to us from the infant Jesus. Come and rejoice in God’s love for you in this new Advent celebration with your parish family.