The Posada

What its all about





Dear Parent or Guardian,


What is Posada ?


Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a crib.


Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of  Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives each ‘host’ the chance to create their own celebration in their home making room for Jesus in their lives


This year St. Catherine’s Church is working with Year 2 Waunfawr Primary School.  Will you be a host to Mary, Joseph, donkey and sheep for a night?  If you do not wish your child to join in then  please  notify your child’s  teacher.


What is involved?


The Posada is housed in a box which your child can take from school on your host evening.  In the box there are figures of Mary and Joseph, their donkey and a flock of sheep, a Posada Prayer,  and a picture story book of The First Christmas for younger children to read and a book for your child to record what happened when the Posada stayed in your home for the night.  The following morning your family keep a little knitted sheep from the flock in your home until the Posada Service in St. Catherine’s Church at 6pm on Christmas Eve.  All the sheep, Mary, Joseph and their donkey, prayer, reading book and record book  are packed up into the box and your child takes the Posada into school for the next child to take home that evening.


Everyone who has hosted the Posada during December then comes to the service at St Catherine’s Church at 6pm on Christmas Eve and places the sheep that they have been looking after during the past few weeks into Baby Jesus’ Crib.


Come and place a lamb in Baby Jesus’ Crib

Bring your family and Celebrate the real meaning of Christmas


G Hollister

Reader of the Parish of Risca