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.
Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives each ‘host’ the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives.
Our Church has chosen to engage with Posada this year. 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 table at the back of the Church for a night that will suit you to ‘host’ Mary & Joseph. Another person from our parish community will make arrangements to bring the figures to your home at a time that suits both of you**.
For the evening you ‘host’ Mary & Joseph you can choose to do whatever you like. We provide a leaflet with some suggested prayers but you can adapt or add to these as you wish.
It’s good to invite friends, family and even neighbours to join you for the ‘handing over’ prayers when you first receive the statue. You can even make more of it and provide some refreshments – but don’t feel you have to do this or let this put you off.
Above all it’s a chance to celebrate Advent and think about our journey towards Christmas. It’s an opportunity to share our faith with family, friends and neighbours who perhaps aren’t Catholic or don’t go to Church that often. It’s a time when people seem willing to talk about this holy season and their faith.
The next day you need to take Mary & Joseph to the next host on the Journey Rota.
It’s as simple as that!
**the date on the form that you sign is the date you receive Posada
Prayers for the Posada