The Posadas (Spanish for "inns," "lodging," or "shelter") are an Advent candlelight procession and celebration. In Mexico and other countries, it is traditional to hold Posadas in many neighborhoods on the days preceding Christmas. The Posadas are a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a place where Jesus could be born. We learn from the Posadas that by welcoming the poor and the needy, we are welcoming Jesus in our midst. (See Matthew 25:40.) This short guide, available both in English and in Spanish, provides practical suggestions for congregations that would like to hold an evening (or several evenings) of Posadas. The guide includes ideas for engaging neighbors and children, as well as suggestions for Latino-Anglo engagement. It features both English and Spanish versions of the Posadas song, on music sheets showing the melody and chords for guitar. An accompanying webpage, available at www.VenAdelante.org, provides multimedia resources: videos clips to learn how to play and sing the Posadas song, mp3 versions of the song in English and in Spanish, and links to a Facebook page where congregations are sharing videos and pictures of their own Posadas.
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