This past Tuesday, La Posada Providencia guests, staff, volunteers, and supporters gathered together to celebrate the tradition of the Las Posadas, which commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge for Mary to give birth to baby Jesus. This story represents the purpose and mission of La Posada Providencia; to provide shelter for those seeking safe refuge. La Posada has been welcoming refugees since 1989, with each of the thousands of times it has opened its doors reflecting how Mary and Joseph were received after a long and tiring journey, embracing the essence of La Posada’s motto: “Welcoming the Stranger.” Prayers for our immigrant brothers and sisters were read in unison during the candle-lighting ceremony so everyone gathered could pay tribute and remember those that have lost their lives trying to make it into this country and those who are still making the journey.
Jolly music filled the atmosphere as food and laughter was shared and holiday spirit spread across Casa Belen, with the event also marking the beginning of La Posada’s Christmas celebrations, bringing a joyful end to the year and a hopeful start to the new one.
Written by Ema Schwarcz and Marianna Salcedo