Las Posadas

Celebrated at St. Louis
December 15-23, 6:30 p.m., Wozniak Hall

As a way to live the V Encuentro process in our diverse parish, one of our goals is to create bridges and opportunities for the encounter of the different cultures that form our parish family. We want to embody the words we read in Acts 4,32: “Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.” and St Paul´s: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1-7

Celebrating Las Posadas is a wonderful opportunity for our community, to join efforts and celebrate together this excellent way to prepare for the coming of our Lord. After the Posadas you and your family will find yourselves more prepare to receive our Lord and Savior on Christmas Eve!

What are Posadas? Las Posadas are a tradition in Mexico and other Latin American countries during the Christmas season. They take place during 9 days from the 16th to the 24th of December, recalling the months prior to the birth of Jesus and ending with his arrival in the manger of Bethlehem. Each of the nine days has a different meaning: humility, strength, detachment, charity, trust, justice, purity, joy and generosity. You can celebrate each day in a different house, or, organizing the neighbors by streets or blocks and in this way, each block is in charge of one of the 9 posadas. The participants pray and sing Christmas carols every day. The hosts offer punch, oranges or tangerines and a bag with candy called aguinaldo, without forgeting the piñatas, also filled with candy.

What to do in a Posada? The posada is divided into several parts:

The prayer: we begin with the prayer of the rosary

The posada: Once the prayer is over, one group is left outside and the other one enters the place. The outside group brings lit candles and carries the Pilgrims, and the traditional singing is intoned to ask for posada. In the last stanza "enter pilgrims" the doors open with great joy and all enter. This means opening the door of our heart to the Virgin Mary who is going to be Mother of God and participating
with her in that joyful expectation.

Finally, the party: The piñata with its peaks means everything that separates us from God. So once the pilgrims have entered the house, and we decide to participate in their joy we break the sin and
everything that takes us away from the love of God, receiving the sweets and fruits that represent the grace of God, his love and blessings. After breaking the piñata, all share some food and the aguinaldos are distributed to the children. The aguinaldo means sharing the graces that God gives us. Come and join us for this special way to live the Advent Season. Bring along your family and friends!