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The gospels of Matthew and Luke tell us that Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem on the eve of Jesus’ birth. When they were unable to find a place to sleep for the night, a kind innkeeper allowed the family to stay in his stable. It was there that Mary gave birth to Jesus, placing him in a crib fashioned for him out of a manger. They were soon to be visited by wise men and angels.

Las Posadas Navideñas—The Christmas Inns—is a nine-day religious observance meant to honor Mary and Joseph’s quest for shelter. Every night from Dec. 16-24, neighbors gather to recreate the Holy Family’s experience. They dress up, sing, pray and celebrate the coming anniversary of the Savior’s birth.

Immigrants in search of refuge much like the Holy Family, brought this 400-year-old Latin American tradition to their new countries.

This resource provides lyrics to the song that is central to the ritual, as well as helpful tips for planning your own posada. Also included are modern-day stories of migrants whose struggles are reminiscent of those of the Holy Family.

Contact pmarquez@cliniclegal.org to order this inspiring resource or print your own by clicking on the images below.





Additional Resources

Check out the resources below to help you prepare your own posada:

Example of song in English

Example of song in Spanish

Guitar tabs

A Christmas border tale: Posada reveals Mary and Martha at the soup kitchen

CLINIC’s Praying the Rosary with Our Lady of Guadalupe

Recipe Blog

See you at Las Posadas Navideñas 2018!