December 17th to 23rd @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Come and pray with us for the Christmas Novena.
We will pray the rosary, have a gospel reflection, and enjoy the piñatas.

The Posadas (Spanish for inn, lodging, or shelter) is an Advent candlelight procession and celebration. In Mexico and some parts of Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, it is traditional to hold Posadas during the nine days before Christmas, beginning December 16 and ending December 24. The Posadas are a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s long, frustrating search for a place where Jesus could be born. The tradition re-enacts the story told in Luke 2:1-7—but with a twist: a happy ending with the “innkeeper” welcoming Mary and Joseph into the home.

We learn from the Posadas that by welcoming the poor and the needy, we are welcoming Jesus into our midst. (See Matthew 25:40.) In Mexico and other countries, neighbors take turns hosting Posadas. Children, adults, and musicians play the parts of Mary and Joseph or carry statues of Mary and Joseph. Together, they go house to house as Christian pilgrims searching for lodging. At one house after another, they ask for lodging, in song, and are turned away, also in song. When the pilgrims reach the final stop of the procession, an additional verse is sung, in which Mary and Joseph are recognized by the innkeepers and allowed to enter the home. What follows is a fiesta celebrating the innkeepers’ hospitality—and the hospitality of the fiesta’s host—often accompanied by a piñata for the children. As often happens in popular religiosity, the tradition and the song vary from region to region. There is no wrong way to celebrate Posadas so long as the experience helps us focus on Jesus.

Children are an important part of Posadas. In some places, children dress up as Joseph and Mary, pilgrims, angels, or shepherds for the procession. In most parts of Latin America, children break a piñata and receive little gift bags known as “colaciones” or “aguinaldos”. In some regions, piñatas have the shape of a seven-cone star. Children are sometimes taught that the piñata and its cones represent sin, with garish colors and ribbons that tempt the soul. The blindfold that is placed on the children represents living or walking by faith alone. The breaking of the piñata is said to be a symbol of triumphing over temptation. The falling candy illustrates the grace of God. 

Las Posadas song in English

Las Posadas song in English

For more information please contact:

Sister Edid Torres// 817-481-2685 ext. 239 // [email protected]