For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, children (and adults) bring their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St. Peter’s Square. Here, the Pope blesses both the people and the figurines during the Angelus.
This year we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday” at our 10.30am Mass on Sunday, December 16th.
All are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their cribs at home to Mass that morning to be blessed.
Families can even make their own “bambinelli” if they want. We are holding a Crib Workshop at 9:30am on Saturday 15th December where you can make a manger and your own Baby Jesus.
When your Baby Jesus has been blessed w will give you a strip of cloth to take home and wrap him in.
It is suggested that, following the blessing, you take your “bambinelli home and place it in a gift box, wrap it and saves it for Christmas.
Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas. Then you can place your Baby Jesus in the crib and have a home blessing of the Nativity for your whole family.
Here are the Christmas Mass Times for All Saints Parish 2018.
We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you into our churches.
Our Parish Churches are:
Our Lady & St Patrick
There is an old Mexican tradition called ‘Posada’.
A young man and a young woman from the Parish are selected to dress up as Mary and Joseph and then spend the days of Advent travelling from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling their hosts about the imminent arrival of Jesus at Christmas.
Modern day ‘Posada’ uses a statue of Mary and Joseph and the donkey instead of a young couple to travel from home to home.
This Advent, parishioners from all three churches in the All Saints Parish will have the opportunity to sign up to host our Posada statue for one evening in the days leading up to Christmas.
As the statue makes its way around the Parish, with one host family taking it to the next, there is the chance to pray together, perhaps share a cup of tea and a cake or even a simple meal, and thing about what we’re looking forward to at Christmas.
So look out for the Posada rota and sign up to be a host. You’ll be given a pack with suggested prayers and scripture readings for the ‘hand-over’.
It is up to you how you offer hospitality and then you just give the statue pride of place in your home for a night.
To be real evangelists, why not invite round some neighbours or those non-church-going members of your family?
On Thursday 6 September five of our music group turned out for a double recording of BBC Songs of Praise at St David’s Church Exeter, led by the well-known composer Graham Kendrick (‘Shine Jesus Shine’, ‘Meekness and Majesty’ and many more).
We ended up in the second row so we got a great view, but that could mean that the cameras will have had rather too good a view of us, even if we won’t be heard!
Look out for the first broadcast on Sunday 23 September, and another before Christmas when we will be seen carrying candles – and singing!