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:
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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/
We have reached the end of our journey this Christmas time, with our Mary and Joseph arriving in our Nativity scene at the Crib Service this Christmas Eve.
Thank You to all who took part this year and we will starting our journey again next year. A special thank you to Jenny Pickup for being our co-ordinator this year.
you can view a gallery of this years journey here: http://stonedintonhartwell.com/albums/posada-2015/
We wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Mary and Joseph spent their final night in FORD where they found very comfortable lodgings. They are now on the final stretch of their journey.
Mary and Joseph are still in Dinton where they have found more lodgings for the night. They are very tired now and looking forward to finishing their journey. Will you be there to greet them on Christmas Eve in Stone Church at 4.00pm ? Everyone, of any and every age is welcome.
I wonder where Mary and Joseph will stay on the final night of their journey ?
Mary and Joseph are still in Dinton but they have found new lodgings for the night. We may not all have received Mary and Joseph in our homes this year, but we can still open our hearts to receive Jesus.
It was a long journey today. Mary and Joseph travelled from Waddesdon to NEW ROAD in Dinton where familiar friends offered hospitality for as long as it is needed, but they will move on again. Will you come to greet them at their journey’s end ?
Today our intrepid pair have ventured further afield. They have been offered accommodation for the night in Waddesdon which they gratefully accepted. Their journey has entered its final week and they are looking forward to its end. Will you be there to greet them ?