Posada in the parish of Ystradgynlais
December 24, 2014
On Advent Sunday crib figures were given to the first hosts during the Eucharist. Every day during Advent the figures travel from one home to another and are given room for the night.
All ages join in- sharing together, celebrating together, preparing for Christmas together. Posada is a Spanish word meaning “inn”. Posada celebrations originate in Mexico where two young people were chosen to dress up as Mary and Joseph. They travel from house to house in their village reminding people of Jesus who is coming and asking the householders if they would give them and Jesus room. On Christmas Eve the whole village comes together in the square to enact the story of Christmas. On Advent Sunday the crib figures were given to the first hosts during the Eucharist. Each night during Advent the figures travel from one home to another and to local schools, and are given room for the night. Along with the crib figures there is a special prayer to use at home. Those giving hospitality are asked to write prayers on 'stars' which will be put on a Christmas tree in church on Christmas Eve when the figures are brought back to St Cynog's during the Crib Service (at 3pm) Posada helps us think about the hope and promise of Advent and Christmas and to share God’s message and promise of love given us in the Christ-child with others.