Pope B16 blesses the bambinelli (infant Jesus) that the children of Rome brought from home
God our Father,
you loved us so much
you sent us your only Son, Jesus,
born of the Virgin Mary,
to save us and lead us back to you.
We pray that, with your blessing,
these images of Jesus might be
a sign of your presence and love
in our homes.
give your blessing
to all who gather with us this Christmas,
family and friends.
Open our hearts,
that we might receive Jesus in joy,
do always what he asks of us
and see him in those who need our love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
your beloved Son, who came to give peace to the world.
You who live and reign forever and ever.