What are Posadas?
The tradition of Las Posadas is a reenactment of the eve of the first Christmas, when Joseph and Mary searched for room at the inn, but none was to be found. In a traditional Las Posadas celebration, a group of people travels from house to house singing, seeking shelter for the night, answered by those indoors, answering in song. At the third home, the peregrinos, or pilgrims, are welcomed inside to pray, eat, and celebrate. Traditionally in Mexico, pilgrims would eat the regional style of tamales with champurrado, a Mexican-style chocolate-based atole, a traditional hot corn masa-based beverage.
While this year, many Las Posadas celebrations may be amended due to the pandemic, ISN invites you to join in Posadas from the comfort and safety of your own home, school, parish, or workplace. Posadas will not only honor the traditional celebration of Las Posadas, but will invite into a daily experience of music, prayer, reflection, and action as we virtually journey with the migrants on the U.S-Mexico border in search of shelter and protection, just as the Holy Family did on Christmas Eve.
View the Posadas song lyrics
Join ISN and the Kino Border Initiative from December 16-24 in a daily virtual experience of music, prayer, reflection, and action as we journey with the Holy Family and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Via text or email, you will receive a short video each day with an opening Posadas song, prayer, and a learning or reflection activity. Throughout our journey together, you will also have daily opportunities to take action to end Title 42—the policy being unjustly used to turn away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border during the pandemic.
View Daily Themes
Dec 16: Introduction to the Posadas
Dec 17: Why did you leave?
Dec 18: Bi-National Migrant Posada – Livestream from the Nogales Border
Dec 19: The Journey
Dec 20: Rejection
Dec 21: Life in Nogales
Dec 22: We are still fighting
Dec 23: Desert and expelled
Dec 24: Consortium
Throughout our journey together, we hope you’ll join us in both supporting migrant communities and taking action to end Title 42—the policy being unjustly used to turn away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border during the pandemic.
Starting December 16, you’ll have daily opportunities to take action to end Title 42.
Call for restoring protections for holy families from your yard/community space!
$10/sign (stakes not included)
View the 2020 Posadas Posts
This campaign is an initiative of the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s “Campaign for Hospitality” and is generously funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.