While preparing for Christmas Eve worship, I happened upon a service of Las Posadas in our United Methodist Book of Worship. I was somewhat familiar with Las Posadas, an Hispanic tradition which re-enacts the search for lodging by Joseph and Mary to bring Jesus into the world.
But I didn’t realize that there is a Christmas Eve Service that has the following liturgy sung by the travelers (outside the church sanctuary) and responses sung by the congregation (inside):
Travelers: In the name of God, we beg; will you let us enter?
We are tired and we are cold. May we please have shelter:
Congregation: You look dirty and you smell. Will you please keep moving. For your kind there is no place, for our inn is decent.
Travelers: It is not by our own choice that today we travel. But the emperor has sad that we must be counted.
Congregation: For your reasons we care not, every room is taken. Can’t you see the place is full? You are bad for business.
The travelers respond by quoting John 1:10 “He was in the world, and the world came into being through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.”
Maybe it’s just me, but I was stunned. Stunned that the images and cries of the refugees from the very countries where this tradition originated (along with others from the land where Jesus himself traveled) are standing and knocking and hearing these responses.
I put this video together with pictures that speak for themselves.
May we be both stunned and awakened to the fact that Christ has instructed us on how to welcome Him. We have only to obey.
The Las Posadas song in English was from a website with resources for Las Posadas www.VenAdelante.org/posadas