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Will you host Mary and Joseph this Advent?

East Anglian parishes have been inviting people to join in the traditional Mexican Advent Posada Journey for several years reports Rebecca Bretherton.

A young couple are selected to dress up as Mary and Joseph and then spend the days of Advent travelling from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling their hosts about the imminent arrival of Jesus at Christmas.

Our modern day ‘Posada’ uses a statue of Mary and Joseph and the donkey instead of a young couple to travel from home to home.

The Posada statue of Mary and Joseph moves from house to house in the parish every night of the Advent season (starting November 27 this year). Joining the Advent Posada Journey this year will give everyone the chance to prepare for Christmas more fully; to meet new people in the parish and to catch up with folk we have missed during the last couple of years. 

The Posada provides an opportunity for hospitality and a sharing of our Christian faith with family and friends. By hosting the statue we can join this simple but effective form of evangelisation.

During the pandemic, many parishes invented alternative Posada Journeys. It’s time to start preparing for your 2022 Advent Posada Journey. After two years of restrictions the first task may be to dust off your parish statue. Posters and a rota and some prayers to say together are available on on the evangelisation page of the diocesan website at

Following the success of our 2021 Posada on social media , we will be launching another online Advent Posada Journey as December approaches.

For more details contact Rebecca at: