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Organist, anglo-catholic and webmaster at St Julians Parish Church Newport

La Posada 2018

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La Posada is a South American Advent custom which we have brought to our Parish.

‘Posada’ means a roadside ‘inn’ and refers to the various places in which Mary and Joseph stayed on their way from Nazareth to Bethlehem, while awaiting the birth of Jesus.

The Posada (the image of The Holy Family prior to the Birth of Jesus) travels around our homes during Advent, spending a night here and there (as did Our Lady and S Joseph), sharing in the lives of those who offer them ‘shelter’. The final hosts bring the Posada to the Crib Service in Church on Christmas Eve, representing the arrival of the Holy Family in Bethlehem.

The en route ‘hosts’ have an opportunity to reflect on what it means to have Jesus ‘hidden’ yet Present at the heart of our circumstances (with all our joys and challenges), just as did Mary and Joseph as they journeyed towards Bethlehem that first Christmas, many years ago. You can follow this year’s journey.

Whether or not we host the Posada, that message is for each one of us as we approach Christmas.

You may want to use the devotion below in front of any image or icon of the Holy Family, or that of our own La Posada image above.

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Blessed is the house that shelters this day Joseph the Carpenter and Mary his wife, as they await the birth of the Holy Child in her womb.

O beautiful Mary and holy Joseph, pray for us as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child this Christmas, that He may dwell in our hearts and in this home forever.

Hail mary, full of grace…

Our Father…

O come to us, abide with us:

Our Lord Emmanuel.

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Christmas at st julians

<< See our Advent Services here

THIS IS OUR INVITATION TO YOU AND YOURS TO
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS 2018 WITH US
at SS Julius and Aaron and S Teilo’s.
It will make our Christmas – and yours!


THURSDAY 20 DECEMBER

7.30pm The Carol Service at S Teilo’s Church, Alway
followed by refreshments and mince pies for everyone


 MONDAY 24 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS EVE

Nativity-Play

4pm The Children’s Crib Tree Service

(please feel free to come dressed as one of the Nativity ‘characters’)

nativity

 9pm The First Mass of Christmas

followed by mulled wine and mince pies for everyone


TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY

10am Mass of Christmas Morning


SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER  – THE HOLY FAMILY

10am Parish Mass


SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2019 – THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

10am Parish Mass