Catholics to reenact Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn with traditional Christmas Las Posadas

January 01, 2012

Nearly 100 parishioners from St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring will take to the streets in a visual and colorful Latin American Christmas tradition, Las Posadas.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 16, 17 and 18, 2011
(7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, following Spanish Mass;
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday)
St. Camillus Church (and surrounding neighborhood)
1600 St. Camillus Drive
Silver Spring, MD

(All singing during the event is in Spanish; pastor is bilingual)

Las Posadas (Spanish for “The Inns”) is an annual tradition for many Latin American Catholics, recreating Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter for the birth of Jesus. Parishioners will meet at the church and then set out on their journey, walking about 12 blocks over two hours.

Parishioners dressed as Joseph and Mary will lead a procession of nearly 100 people visiting five different homes near the church each night to request shelter. As they walk, they will sing traditional Latin American Christmas carols, holding candles to light their way. At each home, the group will sing at the doorstep, with the residents acting as innkeepers refusing lodging to Joseph and Mary. They will move inside the homes to continue singing, read from the Gospel, pray and for a blessing of the home by St. Camillus pastor, Father Michael Johnson, O.F.M.

Las Posadas has become an important annual tradition for St. Camillus. This multicultural parish in Silver Spring with over 5,800 registered parishioners has held this event in the weeks before Christmas for more than a decade.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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