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 imminent 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 â€˜hostâ€™ the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives.
In Chet Valley Benefice our Posada figures â€“ Mary, Joseph and the donkey â€“ left our Benefice communion service in Chedgrave on 30th November. They are now out and about travelling from house to house, visiting our churches on Sundays, and will finish their journey at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve in Holy Trinity, Loddon.
Here are some photos showing where they have been.