by Martha Acuna, AMMM California U.S.A. 14.12.2022
Las Posadas is a religious festival celebrated in Mexico and in some parts of the United States between December 16th, and 24th. Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to our Lord, baby Jesus. The word Posadas means “inn or lodging”. Parishes, neighborhood and families in the United States today celebrate Posadas in many different ways.
In a Fresno Parish, the Parishioners were asked who would like to participate. Some came from the same neighborhood and so that area was chosen for the Posadas. The homes were given a script.
• A small statue of Joseph and Mary were carried in the procession.
• Two candle-bearers accompany them in the procession. They may be dressed as angels
• Each participant carries a candle
• A well-lit route was planned for the procession as well as songs and prayers to say along the way.
Mary and Joseph knocked on the door and the family in the house read the script denying a place of comfort and lodging. The enactment for this Parish was one night with six houses visited.
The enactment of the posadas involves families and friends who dress as shepherds, angels and a couple representing Joseph and Mary. During the six evenings, Joseph and Mary go from house to house seeking lodging. The family with 6th night welcoming Mary and Joseph provides food, and the breaking of the piñata for the children to celebrate
Schools can celebrate Posadas in one day. The holy pilgrims can process to different classrooms with the classes joining the procession after they have recited their part of the Posadas. The last place to visit should be a room large enough to accommodate everyone. After the pilgrims have found shelter, the students enter the room for a party or small favors.
This December, the USA AMMM will meet via zoom. Each AMMM will represent a house that Mary and Joseph visit. Joseph requests lodging and the script uses verses for each house to respond.
We will then reflect on our own Christmas Journey.
Wishing all our readers growth and healing this Advent 2022.