Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bambinelli Sunday

"amy welborn"
Bambinelli Sunday is the title of a book I wrote with the wonderful watercolor illustrations by Ann Engelhart.
But it's also a real thing, this "Bambinelli Sunday."
No, it's not on the liturgical calendar, but it's definitely a thing, started several years ago in Rome, and continuing today.
Usually celebrated on the third Sunday of Advent , children of Rome are invited to bring Bambinelli - baby Jesus figures from their nativities - to St. Peter's Square for a blessing from the Holy Father. 
(This year, they changed it to 12/20 though...don't know why...)
("Apriti cuore" means "open up the heart")