CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Meaux agreed, singing and explaining the final stanza of the posadas song.
“‘Entren santos peregrinos, perigrinos' … we have spent the whole evening (being rejected) and now we celebrate because we have found shelter,” she explained.
Through the posada experience, “you become one of the villagers, you (walk) with Mother Mary, knocking on doors and they reject you, and you feel it,” she added. “You're singing the songs (of the posada), but at the same time it helps put you in the shoes of the Holy family, and in a way, you (understand) the way they felt. And it helps you to become accommodating of people … if you feel rejected, maybe you won't reject somebody. And it makes you reflect on what has been does to others, and what has been done to you. And I think it makes you a better person, and it makes you reflect on what this season is truly about.”
Las posadas is an ideal Advent activity for those looking to delve deeper into the spiritual meaning of Christmas because it takes us back to the beginning of the story of Jesus, while helping foster a sense of community, the priest said.
“All Christians celebrate the history of the birth of Jesus,” Father Mark said. We get people both at the posadas and the Christmas liturgies (and) I think they're amazed to see (this) living expression of faith.”
The Advent season gives Christians an opportunity to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, he added. “It helps us to situate God's presence in time and in place for us as Christians,” he said.
For Meaux, the mother of six-year-old Kate and three-year-old Eli, the posadas are a tradition of love and faith and family that she hopes her children will look back upon when they're married and mommies themselves.