A lovely sunny but cold morning, no ice or frost, so I helped Joseph feed the animals. After breakfast (I ate crumpets) we made chocolate trees and stuck some jelly sweets on them; we did get very messy and sticky.
Later this morning we were introduced to three of the grandchildren of the Heaths and they asked me about our journey. They sat quietly while I told them of our journey.
Later in the afternoon the Heath family went out to help with the Advent tea at St Julian’s Parish Church. We stayed in to rest and shared a warm fire with Sister Frances.
The Heath family, Joseph and myself sat around the fire tonight and talked about leaving early in the morning to carry on with our journey. I feel rested and stronger now and we have enjoyed our stay here.
La Posada is a South American Advent custom which we have brought to our Parish this year!
‘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’ keep a ‘diary’ of what happens (from the point of view of the Holy Family as it were) and 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. Keep checking this site and Facebook as we will be sharing the diary entries and pictures as La Posada makes its special journey this Advent.
Whether or not we host the Posada, that message is for each one of us as we approach Christmas 2016 – and every year.