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From the Back Pew: Christmas, Latino-style

December 09, 2010|By Michael J, Arvizu

Next week, the community of the Church of the Incarnation in Glendale will host the church's annual posadas.

And if you don't know what that is, let me explain.

Las Posadas is an annual celebration held in some Catholic churches that symbolizes the struggle Mary and Joseph had in finding a place to spend the night on the evening that became Christmas Eve. The story goes that Mary and Joseph were forced to stay in a barn after being unable to find suitable shelter on their arrival in Bethlehem, the birth-place of Christ.

The way Las Posadas traditionally works is a group of people will arrive at a home in a neighborhood near the church and seek posada, Spanish for shelter. The hosts will invite the people in, where they will proceed to have refreshments, sing carols, hit a piñata and enjoy each other's company. The process is repeated the next night and the next, for as many nights as the church wishes to have posadas; posadas typically don't go past nine nights.

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These days, posadas are usually held at the church itself and for one night only, although there is still a procession of people, as will happen at Incarnation on Dec. 18. The procession will begin at the church after the 5:30 p.m. Mass and end in the auditorium. You can register for the church's posada after all Masses this weekend, as the church needs to know how many people will be coming.

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This week St. Bede's in La Cañada will host its annual celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with mañanitas, a procession and Mass taking place bright and early at 6 a.m. This year's celebration is unique in that it falls on a Sunday. As such, St. Bede's will be holding its celebration early in the morning, instead of the evening, to avoid interfering with that day's Masses.

As always, there will be tasty food to complement such a celebration, including sweet bread, champurrado (a heavenly, chocolate-based hot drink — perfect for a cold morning), tamales (at least 400 are being made) and coffee, said St. Bede Guadalupanas ministry chairwoman Angie Prime.

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