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

December 17, 2009

More than 60 parishioners from St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring will take to the streets this weekend to perform the Latin American Christmas tradition, Las Posadas.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 18, 19 and 20, 2009
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. each night
St. Camillus Church (and surrounding neighborhood)
1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903
(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 at 7:00 p.m. then set out on their journey, walking about 12 blocks over two hours.

Parishioners dressed as Joseph and Mary will lead a procession of more than 60 people visiting four 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 more than 2,000 registered families has held it in the weeks before Christmas for the past 10 years.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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