Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Holy Trinity, Heath Town

Posada: the Advent journey begins

24 Nov 2020, 2 p.m.
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At this time of year our Posada nativity characters usually start a journey around homes in the parish before arriving in church on Christmas Eve. This follows the Posada tradition which started in Spanish speaking South America where ‘posada’ means a hotel or inn. It started as a ritual re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a lodging in Bethlehem, performed just before Christmas. In this country it has been adapted to include taking figures of Mary and Joseph around an area and into homes. Sometimes other Nativity figures are used as well.

This year our Posada figures are not able to travel around people’s homes due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, they will still be out and about for exercise in our parish, neighbouring parishes and a little further afield!

During Advent, from 1st to 23rd December, there will be a photo posted each day on Facebook and on our website home page of some of the figures so you can follow their journey. In your household simply write down each day where you think the photo was taken. There will be a prize for anyone who gets them all right - or for the most right answers if no-one gets 100% (one per household).

Posada answer sheets will be available in church on Saturday mornings from 28th November, also on Sunday mornings once we are able to worship together again. Alternatively, you can download a sheet from this page.

When completed as far as you can please put the answer sheet in the post box at the back of church or email your entry to [email protected] Closing date 31st December

The photo shows the wise men in church. It was taken in a previous year and is not part of this year's challenge.