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  • Writer's picturePaulo K Tiról

Virtual Posadas: A Preparation for Christmas

On behalf of the Ignatian Solidarity network, we invite all St. Aedan's parishioners to participate in Virtual Posadas: In Search of Shelter and Protection.

Sketch by Mateo Zapata, grandson of parishioner Luz Rendon. It reminds us that the Holy Family were also refugees fleeing persecution in their home country and facing an uncertain future in a foreign land.

From the Ignatian Solidarity network:

Join us from December 16-24 in a daily virtual experience of music, art, prayer, reflection, and action as we journey with the Holy Family and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in search of shelter and protection.

Register at to receive a short video each day with an opening Posadas song, prayer, and a learning or reflection activity. Materials can be sent via text or email, and you the program is available in English and Spanish.

The tradition of Las Posadas is a reenactment of the eve of the first Christmas, when Joseph and Mary searched for room at the inn, but none was to be found. In a traditional Las Posadas celebration, a group of people travels from house to house singing, seeking shelter for the night, answered by those indoors, answering in song. At the third home, the peregrinos, or pilgrims, are welcomed inside to pray, eat, and celebrate. Traditionally in Mexico, pilgrims would eat the regional style of tamales with champurrado, a Mexican-style chocolate-based atole, a traditional hot corn masa-based beverage.

While this year, many Las Posadas celebrations will be canceled or amended due to the pandemic, ISN invites you to join in Virtual Posadas from the comfort and safety of your own home, school, parish, or workplace. Virtual Posadas will not only honor the traditional celebration of Las Posadas, but will invite into a daily experience of music, art, prayer, reflection, and action as we virtually journey with the migrants on the U.S-Mexico border in search of shelter and protection, just as the Holy Family did on Christmas Eve.

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