Posada is a Spanish word that means ‘inn’, and is also the title for a Mexican Advent celebration in which two young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house in their village to proclaim the imminent arrival of Jesus and request that the newborn baby be given a room. On Christmas Eve they would re-enact a community play and bring figures of Mary and Joseph to be placed in a crib at church.
The idea has been updated so that nativity figures travel round, staying at a different house every night, and finally take their place in the church on Christmas Eve, ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.
Mary and Joseph’s journey through the parish reminds us that we need to make room for Jesus in our lives, homes and communities.
If you would like to take part all you need to do is sign up and give the little figures room in your home. We will then ask you to take them to another house the following day. There will be a little prayer to say and it is nice if you can share refreshments and take a little gift with you (perhaps a Christmas tree decoration). You can gather outside if you would prefer (on the doorstep / in the garden). Please sanitise your hands as you pass the posada from one to another