Children are invited to bring in your infant child Jesus that goes into your nativity set for a blessing. This blessing takes place during Mass on the third weekend of Advent - Gaudete Sunday - December 16/17
The day takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete ("Rejoice").
Heavenly Father of every nation and people,
From the very beginning of creation you have made manifest your love:
When our need for a savior was great, you sent your son to be born of the Virgin Mary. To our lives, He brings joy and peace, justice, mercy and love.
Father, bless all who look upon these images of your son Jesus as an infant.
May it remind us of His humble birth, and raise our thoughts to Him.
Bless these children and their families, that their hearts would be always ready to receive Him with the joy and excitement of children.
May Almighty God bless these images of the Baby Jesus, and all who look upon them during the Christmas Season, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.