Las Posadas means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. It is a traditional Advent celebration that Catholic Franciscan missionaries developed in the Americas with the goal of introducing the simple Dogma of the Incarnation: God assumed a human nature to the indigenous people.
You and others are invited this afternoon to accompany the holy couple, Joseph and Mary, as they journey to Bethlehem and search for an Inn by which to rest and give birth to their son, Jesus. There will be various readings from Sacred Scripture, songs and maybe even a bit of acting in order to dramatize the greatest Miracle the world has yet to experience: the WORD become FLESH.
Joseph and Mary will shortly be arriving to Bethlehem and join us at the town Christmas tree, where we will begin our journey through Harbor Springs Main Street in search for an Inn.
Those willing to participate and walk in the procession will begin at the town Christmas tree. Here participants will be given instructions. Walk as much as you can, or remain near the Parish Hall next to the town Christmas tree and await for the procession to return, where the participants will enter the Parish Hall for an afternoon of celebration.
The town of Harbor Springs will be our Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary will be walking down Main Street leading our procession. Our holy couple will be knocking on the doors of three predetermined businesses seeking shelter, and three times they will be rejected. The business owner may offer the participant a possible treat or maybe just a cold shoulder as we continue our search. The procession would wind its way through the Main Street of Harbor Springs and eventually end at the Nativity Scene or inside the parish hall in front of the fireplace. The couple will knock on the Parish Hall doors and be given access.
Food, beverages and entertainment for kids will be provided after the walk. The event is FREE and open to all.