What is Posada?
Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a crib.
Our modern Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives different ‘hosts’ the chance to create their own celebration in their homes or places in the community, reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives.
So …will you be a host to Mary and Joseph for a night?
What is involved?
All you need to do is add your name to the Journey Rota, which you will find on the notice board in church , for a night that will suit you to ‘host’ Mary & Joseph.
Another person from our community will make arrangements to bring the figures to you at a place/ time to suit you both.
When you ‘host’ Mary & Joseph you can choose to do whatever you like.
You could invite friends and family to have a cup of tea, perhaps talk about the real meaning of Christmas? Or simply spend some quiet time on your own.
The next day you take Mary & Joseph to the next person on the Journey Rota.
Remember to take a star out of the box to keep and hang on your tree
We have also included a journal, so please feel free to write /draw /sketch in it.
We look forward to following the posada throughout Advent and sharing its story.
If you wish you can take pictures of Mary and Joseph and share them on Facebook.
Finally …Hosting the Posada is an opportunity to share our faith with family/friends & neighbours but above all it’s a chance to celebrate Advent and think about our own journey towards Christmas
It’s as simple as that!