Advent Resources

Advent Reflection Series

Four Sessions of prayerful reflection on the Scripture Readings of the Sundays in Advent, to help us prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the wonder of Emmanuel – Christ with us.

Week 1: Gifted

Week 2: Baptism

Week 3: Sent

Bambinelli Blessing

The Blessing of the Bambinelli (Baby Jesus) is a tradition which began in Rome. Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent we invite families to bring the Baby Jesus from their family Nativity scene to Mass for a blessing. After the blessing, the families are invited to wrap up their baby Jesus and place him under their Christmas Tree. On Christmas morning the Bambinelli is the first gift to be unwrapped and placed in the family crib. This helps families to place Jesus at the heart of their Christmas celebrations.

If you are unable to bring your Bambinelli to Mass you can still be part of this tradition by praying this very simple blessing at home with the baby Jesus figurine from your nativity scene: