Posada is a Spanish word meaning ‘inn’, and ‘Posada’ celebrations originated in Mexico where two young people were chosen to dress up as Mary and Joseph. They used to travel from house to house in their village telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus and asking if they could give them a room. On Christmas Eve they would re-enact a community play and bring figures of Mary and Joseph to be placed in the crib. Within our parish, we undertake this in the form of passing around the figures from our parish nativity scene. Follow the journey here:
Take Part 2016
Mary and Joseph have arrived safely at the stable. Were you there to meet them ? thankyou to the many families who helped them on their way during Advent.
Hope is born. God has sent his son into the world in the form of a tiny baby. Praise be to God.
May you all have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.
Are we nearly there yet ? yes we REALLY ARE NEARLY THERE ! Mary and Joseph are close to their destination. Just this one last night in Dinton and then they will arrive at SJB in Stone for the Crib Service at 4.00pm. Will you be there to greet them ? and will you make room in your heart for Jesus not just at Christmas but each and every day ?
We have been travelling with Mary and Joseph for many days now, and we know that we are near the end of our journey. This year more than ever though we have been reminded in the news that tens of thousands of people around the world have been travelling with few possessions and no safe place to stay.
‘Heavenly Father we pray for those who have no safe place to call home. We pray too for the aid agencies who are helping them, and for the governments and authorities who could bring an end to the conflicts that have caused so many to become refugees in foreign lands’
Our Mary and Joseph have been welcomed in Dinton tonight.
We have reached the shortest day of the year. It is the day when we have the least amount of daylight and the world can seem dark and gloomy. We do not know the actual date of Jesus’ birth though some scholars suggest it was more likely to have been in April. However, it is appropriate to celebrate it in December because Jesus is the Light of the World and he brings light to us when we most need it. It is helpful during Advent to reflect on our own lives and recognise the areas of darkness within us that need the light of Christ. Remember too that darkness is only the absence of light. Light always overcomes darkness.
Mary and Joseph are continuing their journey around Dinton and Ford.
Are we nearly there yet ? nearly but not quite. We still have another three nights to go before Mary and Joseph arrive at the Crib Service. We know the place and we know the time. SJB Stone at 4.oopm, but all those years ago the Messiah had been awaited for many generations without anyone knowing when or how he would come. So it is today. We know he will return one day but we do not know when or how. Let us pray that we are ready to receive him when he does.
Meanwhile our Mary and Joseph are still travelling in Dinton.
Mary and Joseph have been well received everywhere they go. They are certainly loved here and being well cared for.
They have now returned to Dinton and have more homes to visit there and in Ford. It is now less than a week until they arrive at the stable in SJB Stone.
We are now into the final week of our Advent journey. Mary and Joseph have been received, cared for , and passed on by many pairs of hands, and many prayers have been said. As they continue to wend their way through the parish let us all prepare our hearts and homes to receive Jesus this Christmas time.
Mary and Joseph have moved on to Whitechurch Close to stay with another family who are receiving them for the first time. We welcome all our hosts who have joined us for the first time this year.
God of hope
be with us in our Advent journey
to the stable and beyond,
be with us in our meeting
and in our travelling together,
be with us in our worship
and our praying together,
be with us in our Advent journey
to the stable and beyond,
our God of hope.
Mary and Joseph are still travelling. They have now moved back to Stone where they have been welcomed in St John’s Drive.
Mary and Joseph have found a new place to stay in New Road Dinton but will move on again soon. They have been on the road for nearly three weeks and we are looking forward to welcoming them at the Crib service on Christmas Eve. Will you be there too ? the Crib service is suitable for all ages and is a lovely way to start your family celebration of Christmas.
Thankyou to everyone who has already taken part in this year’s posada. Mary and Joseph have visited a variety of homes, big and small. Jesus came into this world for us all, no matter what our background is. Thankyou Father that you know everything about us and you love us just as we are.
Mary and Joseph are in New Road Dinton.
Mary and Joseph have returned to Dinton where many families have been waiting patiently for their arrival.
They have been very well cared for during their first night in Dinton ! Will they want to move on ? come back tomorrow to find out.
Our travellers have been busy. They moved on from Stone to Upton and also visited Stonehouse Residential Home for the carol singing. Their story features in many of the carols we sing each year. Listen carefully when you hear carol singers this year, or when you sing them yourself in church. How many times is the journey of Mary and Joseph mentioned ?
We are still in the season of Advent, but we often miss its significance because these December weeks are full of Christmas parties and shopping for Christmas. The busyness of this season can distract us from preparing ourselves for the real celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning. Let us pray that our Mary and Joseph point the way to Jesus Christ in every home they visit.
They have now moved on to Oxford Road in Stone.
Mary and Joseph are now more than halfway through their journey, but they are still in Eythrope Road. Did you spot them ? they have been watching the passers by from the comfort of their lodgings.
Mary and Joseph have moved on but they are still in Eythrope Road because they have many friends there.
Heavenly Father, we thankyou for the obedience of Mary and for all who help to bring in your kingdom by seeking to do your will
The Bible does not tell us how old Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus, but she was probably 14 or 15. According to Jewish custom at the time a young woman might be betrothed as young as 12 and then legally married many months or even years later. Despite her young age it is clear that Mary was mature beyond her years. Luke describes her as ‘highly favoured’, and when presented with the news that she would conceive the Holy Son of God, Mary responds with pure faith and obedience by saying, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:35–38).
Mary and Joseph have now moved into Eythrope Road.
In 2004, Pope John Paul called the Christmas tree a symbol of Christ. This very ancient custom, he said, exalts the value of life, as in winter what is evergreen becomes a sign of undying life, and it reminds Christians of the “tree of life” of Genesis 2:9, an image of Christ, the supreme gift of God to humanity.
Mary and Joseph have found a splendid tree and two happy friends to stay with in Church Way.
Mary and Joseph have moved from Chiltern Close to new friends in Ford Road. It is lovely to welcome families new to the parish in this way. Take time to share with one another, we are travelling together, and thank our Heavenly Father for those we meet.
Our Advent journey will only last for a month. Even that amount of time can seem too long to wait ! but our individual journeys of faith will last for our lifetime. When we commit our lives to God we do not know where he will lead us, and it will not always be an easy road to take, but he will equip us with everything we need along the way if we truly trust in Him.
Our Mary and Joseph have now moved from Roundhill to Chiltern Close. This is one of the easier steps they have taken.
Mary and Joseph have moved on from Oxford Road to Roundhill. They have many friends throughout the parish. Are you still waiting for them to visit you ? if you would like them to come to you there is still time to let us know.
“Heavenly Father, we thank you for helping us to get ready to receive you”
The ‘Christmas Story’ as we know it is mainly found in the gospel of Luke. The gospels of John and Mark do not mention it at all and Matthew simply states that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod. Even Luke gives no detail about the journey to Bethlehem. he simply says ‘So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn’.
Our travellers have moved on from Creslow Way to Oxford Road
Mary and Joseph would have travelled approximately 90 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. We do not know if Mary rode on a donkey or not, but she may have done. The details in the Bible are brief. We do know that our own Mary and Joseph have not been travelling by donkey. At least I assume they have not …………?
By whatever means they have now moved on from Beacon Close to Creslow Way.
Mary and Joseph have crossed the Oxford Road and found a comfortable place to stay in Beacon Close. They still have many more homes to visit. In Mexico, the posada does not start until 16th December so it is much shorter. Their tradition involves real people dressing as Mary and Joseph and a parade through the streets. All around the world different cultures celebrate the coming of Christ our Lord in different ways, but it is the same Lord, and the same message of God’s love for us all.
Mary and Joseph have returned to Faithfull Close in Stone where they have more friends to welcome them. Are you waiting to receive them too ? maybe they will pass your way soon. There are still plenty of nights to go before they arrive at SJB Stone on Christmas Eve, and they will visit Bishopstone and Dinton too. Would anyone like to welcome them in Ford ?
Mary and Joseph have travelled into Aylesbury to stay with a family who have welcomed them each year. Our church family extends well beyond the parish boundary.
” Dear Lord we pray for our church family and ask that you will increase in us our love for another, just as you have loved us”
By the time Mary and Joseph arrive in the stable at SJB Stone on Christmas Eve they will have been cared for and handed on to new hosts 28 times. Each home on receiving them also takes on the responsibility for passing them on and in so doing becomes an important link in our Posada. If one link is broken Mary and Joseph would not complete their journey. So it is with the gospel. I could not even begin to count the number of generations since the time of Jesus who have received the gospel, allowed it to bear fruit in their lives, and then passed it on to the next. It would certainly be more than 28 ! but how thankful we are for all those who have gone before us. Without them we would know nothing about the baby born in the stable so far away and so long ago.
Tonight Mary and Joseph are in The Spiert.
Mary and Joseph spent a comfortable night as guests in Faithfull Close where there was great excitement at their visit !
” Dear Lord, we give you thanks for our homes and our loved ones. At this time of preparation for your coming help us to make sure we have time for each other and for you”
Mary and Joseph have now been welcomed into a home in Cottage Grounds. We pray that their visit will be a blessing to the family who are caring for them.
Welcome to our Posada page for 2016! Mary and Joseph took the first step of their journey this morning in the Advent service at SPP Dinton. Rev. Phil Groves reminded us that the season of Advent is a journey for all of us. If you follow the Posada here each day we can go on that journey together. Mary and Joseph are spending their first night on the road in Faithfull Close in Stone where they will be well cared for. Do check in again tomorrow to find out how they got on, and where they have moved to.
Our 2016 Posada left St Peter and St Pauls, Dinton this morning.
You can follow the journey online here whilst we travel around before arriving at St John the Baptist, Stone for the Crib Service on Saturday 24th December.
Our Parish Posada 2016 will start next week, Advent Sunday, at the 10:00am Service at St Peter and St Paul, Dinton,
Please contact Jenny Pickup if you would like to take part.
The Posada can be followed online at: www.stonedintonhartwell.com/parish-posada/