Bambinelli Blessing of the Christ Child celebrated at Assumption on December 17 at the 10:30am Mass.
This tradition has been going on for over 30 years in Rome. It helps "children and young people to prepare for Jesus" during Advent. People bring the Christ Child from their Nativity or Creche scene and the Pope blesses it during the noon Angelus on the third Sunday of Advent.
'The blessing of the 'Bambinelli' [Baby Jesus figurines] as they are called in Rome, reminds us that the crib is a school of life where we can learn the secret of true joy. This does not consist in having many things but in feeling loved by the Lord, in giving oneself as a gift for others and in loving one another. Let us look at the crib. Our Lady and St Joseph do not seem to be a very fortunate family; their first child was born in the midst of great hardship; yet they are full of deep joy, because they love each other, they help each other and, especially, they are certain that God, who made himself present in the little Jesus, is at work in their story. And the shepherds? What did they have to rejoice about? That Newborn Infant was not to change their condition of poverty and marginalization. But faith helped them recognize the 'babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger' as a 'sign' of the fulfilment of God's promises for all human beings, 'with whom he is pleased' (Lk 2: 12, 14).
All Parishioners are invited to participate in the Bambinelli Blessing this year!
Simply bring your 'Baby Jesus' to the 10:30am Mass at Assumption on Sunday, December 17, the Third Sunday of Advent. The Blessing takes place after the Homily at which time the Celebrant will invite all to bring their 'Bambinelli' to the Altar for this special Blessing.
Rorate Caeli Mass
You are Invited to a special celebration!
Assumption Church will celebrate a special Advent tradition“ the candlit Rorate Caeli Mass - on Monday, December 18 at 6:30pm. This is a Mass in honor of Mary, traditionally celebrated in Advent nine days before the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World, when the nights are darkest before Christmas.
The Mass is celebrated totally by candlelight! Adults will be given tapers to light and hold, while children will receive battery operated candles for this special celebration. Please make it a point to join us as we celebrate this special Advent tradition for the first time at Assumption!
Sunday 7:30am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15am 6:00pm
Monday - Friday 6:30am
Mon., Wed., Thurs, Fri & Sat 8:30am
Obligation may be fulfilled by attending
Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am,12:15pm and 6:00pm
Eve of Holy Days: 4:00pm
Holy Days: 6:30am, 9:00am, 12:00pm & 7:00pm
Monday & Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
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