How Las Posadas is Observed in a Franciscan Way

Paul Keggington

December 18, 2009

img_7183.jpgLas Posadas, a reflective reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn, originated in Mexico in 1538. Catholic Missionaries were responsible for this creative catechesis. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity adapt this joyful observance as a prayerful way of being present with their sick and suffering Sisters in preparation for Christmas.  

img_7170.jpgHere is a short sketch on this festive Advent experience:

  • Traveling for 4 nights floor-to-floor in the section of their home called St. Ritas (after the saint remembered for her devotion to the Passion of Christ in the midst of her own personal suffering), Postulants, Novices and Sisters process singing Christmas songs, and listen to scripture about Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search for shelter. 
  • The group sings the typical Las Posadas melodies alternating verses between some Sisters being pilgrims and others hosts.
  • Each night statues of Mary and Joseph are carried to a different area of the Sisters’ shared living space.
  • Time for Sisterly visiting concludes each evening. 

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