How Las Posadas is Observed in a Franciscan Way

by Sister Julie Ann on December 17, 2009

img_7183.jpgLas Posadas, a reflective reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn, originated in Mexico in 1538. Catholic Missionaries were responsible for this creative catechesis. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity adapt this joyful observance as a prayerful way of being present with their sick and suffering Sisters in preparation for Christmas.  

img_7170.jpgHere is a short sketch on this festive Advent experience:

  • Traveling for 4 nights floor-to-floor in the section of their home called St. Ritas (after the saint remembered for her devotion to the Passion of Christ in the midst of her own personal suffering), Postulants, Novices and Sisters process singing Christmas songs, and listen to scripture about Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search for shelter. 
  • The group sings the typical Las Posadas melodies alternating verses between some Sisters being pilgrims and others hosts.
  • Each night statues of Mary and Joseph are carried to a different area of the Sisters’ shared living space.
  • Time for Sisterly visiting concludes each evening. 

Any comments?

6 thoughts on “How Las Posadas is Observed in a Franciscan Way”

  1. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    What a beautiful and meaningful Advent preparation! Good for you all! Imagine the Sisters in St. Rita’s enjoyed this experience AND hearing the carolers plus a visit from one of our Srs. God’s blessings to each of you this last week of ADVENT. COME LORD JESUS!

  2. It is a meaningful experience for all our Sisters who participate! This pilgrimage prayer of singing, walking, praying, candles, statues, reflection and visiting gives all of us an opportunity to enter into this Advent time!

  3. Sister Rosangela says:

    What a beautiful, meaningful thing to do for our Infirmary Sisters. This is a busy time of year, but you unselfishly think of others and give some time to them. I’m sure they appreciate and are touched by your expression of love for them. God bless all of you in these final days of Advent and during the Christmas season-a season of love and sharing.

  4. Sister Marie Bernadette says:

    While in the Southern Arizona desert, we carried out this tradition with the O’odham Indians. True it is a spiritual experience, but I must confess that at each home we went to, we were waiting for the goodies after the prayers. Just what would this family have for us wayfarers? Both body and soul were cared for in those happy days. Merry Christmas!

  5. Thank you for posting this. Again, it is the next best thing to actually being there.

    As we pray with our elderly, sick and suffering sisters, I’m asking everyone who reads this to pray with me for people experiencing depression at this time of year. The suffering is real, the support is so needed and our prayers can bring a ray of hope during these dark days. Come, Lord Jesus!

  6. Sister June Smith says:

    It was a meaningful preparation for Advent.
    Also, it is a sacrifice to take the time to participate in the Las Posada. A time worthwhile spent with the Sisters at St. Rita’s Health Center.

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