December 21 at 6:30 PM beginning in the church parking lot
Las Posadas, Spanish for “the inns,” is an Advent celebration of hospitality in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. The Posadas symbolize Mary and Joseph’s long, frustrating search for a place to stay where Jesus could be born.
St Margaret's La Mesa Ministry will be bringing a touch of drama, playfulness, and Latino culture to our Advent traditions by observing the liturgy of Las Posadas, which depicts Joseph and Mary’s long-suffering search for shelter on Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 pm.
Las Posadas involves a flexible program of prayers, processions, and singing as characters dressed as Joseph and Mary are turned away again and again. Finally, they are welcomed into a humble refuge, followed by a fiesta of sharing traditional foods and smashing a seven-pointed piñata representing the deadly sins.
Advent provides many opportunities to welcome the stranger and offer genuine hospitality in our homes and our churches. As you wait for the birth of Jesus, practice the same hospitality toward the visitor or outsider that you would offer Mary and Joseph.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. ~ Hebrews 13:2