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 new-born baby be given a room.
The idea has been updated so that nativity figures travel around the village from place to place, staying at a different house every night, and finally taking their place in the church crib at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve, ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day. It would be lovely to find lots of people willing to give Mary and Joseph a room for the night.
Mary and Joseph’s journey through the village reminds us that we need to make room for Jesus in our lives, homes and communities. They can sit on the sofa to listen to a story, sit up at the table during meal times, and even be put to bed in the spare room. They travel with a candle to light and a prayer to say. It would be great to see pictures of their adventures too.
We are running posadas in Shillingstone, Okeford Fitzpaine and Child Okeford. If you would like to take part, please contact Rev’d Lydia –