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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Las Posadas, Advent 2021

Las Posadas

Las posadas literally translates in English as "the inns" or "the lodgings" and symbolizes the Biblical journey of Mary and Joseph as they searched for shelter in Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. 

This Advent, St. Andrew’s will embrace the tradition of Las Posadas in a new way. On Advent nights, a carved holy family will travel from parish household to parish household, recreating Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay as they traveled to Bethlehem. The requirements are simple: be willing to open your home to the holy family, care for them for 48 hours, and deliver them to the next household. Mary, Joseph, and the donkey travel in a basket with the book, The Night of Las Posadas, a candle, prayers, and a journal to record the holy family’s activities.

For families, parents and children can plan and prepare where they will house the holy family, talk about what they might need, and reflect on the meaning of the season of Advent. For older parishioners, it is a tangible reminder of what we let go of and surrender to make space for Jesus to be born anew.  This is an opportunity to practice hospitality and anticipate Christ’s birth. Hosting the Holy Family encourages us to show hospitality and welcome those for whom there is no room. 

Here are some ideas for hosting.  Have fun!

  • Prepare your favorite dinner or breakfast.  Bring out special napkins or plates, make placemats, or create a centerpiece.  Light candles.  Invite grandparents, friends or neighbors to enjoy a festive meal.  In Mexico, the celebration ends with a piñata!
  • Make a bed for Mary and Joseph.  Families have used favorite sheets or pillows or tucked them into a cradle or doll’s bed.  You can read a beloved bedtime story or engage in your treasured bedtime rituals.
  • Care for the donkey.  You may want to provide grass or hay and water.  Donkeys love carrots and peppermints.  Offer shelter.
  • Sing carols, take them caroling to a neighbor’s home, or play holiday music.  Pray for them and for all whose journey ahead is difficult and unknown.
  • Include them in the life of your family.  What are your Advent traditions?  The Holy Family has been known to enjoy ACC basketball, a Christmas play, sledding and smores in the backyard!
  • Consider the journey.  Find modern-day Bethlehem and Nazareth on a map or globe.  Discuss or enact a form of modern-day transportation for the family.  Joseph and Mary may arrive in Nazareth in planes, trains or automobiles.
  • Hosting the Holy Family can also serve as an invitation to important conversations about making room for Jesus to be born in our hearts, our homes and our lives.  For adults and older children, it can be a time to reflect on the challenges for this immigrant family and the struggles of immigrants today.

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy EST) Available Slot
11/28/2021 (Sun.)

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The Inmans
The Inman Family
11/30/2021 (Tue.)

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Victoria Hussey
The Husseys
12/02/2021 (Thu.)

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Anna Taylor
12/04/2021 (Sat.)

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Barbara Cooke
12/06/2021 (Mon.)

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The Fryes
12/08/2021 (Wed.)

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12/10/2021 (Fri.)

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Jankoba Sambola
The SAMBOLA family
12/12/2021 (Sun.)

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12/14/2021 (Tue.)

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12/16/2021 (Thu.)

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12/18/2021 (Sat.)

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12/20/2021 (Mon.)

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Douglas Sanecki
12/22/2021 (Wed.)

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Lane Brown
Lane Brown
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