In a very tiny way, I can relate to the journey of Joseph and Mary as they left Nazareth to travel to Bethlehem: it just so happens that I’m moving from one workspace to another! Although the distance of my journey will only be about 50 feet, it is a small reminder that we are all pilgrims on a much grander journey! I was thinking that I should add a dramatic flare to my move and give it a “Las Posadas” feel, wheeling my cart of office supplies, books, and possessions past my fellow employees’ office spaces, requesting lodging, and being refused until I reach my new space! 🙂
Seriously, though, the tradition of Las Posadas is a wonderful catechetical opportunity. (Interestingly enough, I’m finding in my limited research on the topic that Las Posadas has Jesuit roots! I’m looking into that further) If you’re not familiar with Las Posadas, in short, it is a novena – a nine-day celebration beginning on December 16 leading up to Christmas. Families act out the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, walking through the neighborhood and knocking on doors, asking (in song) for lodging. At the last place, they are welcomed in and there they pray the Rosary, sing songs, and celebrate with a piñata and traditional foods.
Anyway, I’m wondering if anyone has incorporated Las Posadas into their catechetical program during Advent. Please share your experience of Las Posadas here!