Edmond students celebrate Mexican tradition

Students at St. Mary's Episcopal School recently celebrated the Mexican Christmas tradition of Las Posadas.
From Staff Reports Published: December 22, 2012
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The traditional celebration of Las Posadas was held recently at St. Mary's Episcopal School, 505 E Covell Road.

The celebration is a Mexican Christmas tradition that re-creates the search for lodging by Mary and Joseph, or in this case, Maria and Jose.

Fifth-graders Kalli Launhardt and David Turner, playing the role of Mary and Joseph, made their way down the hallway, knocking on classroom doors in search of lodging for the impending birth of Jesus.

As the travelers were turned away by the innkeepers, students from each classroom then joined the procession, carrying tissue-paper poinsettias, an important part of the Las Posadas tradition.

When they reached the chapel, the school's first-graders finally welcomed Mary and Joseph, giving them a place to stay where their baby could be born.

Other fifth-grade students, narrating the story, said: “With each year of age, it seems easiest for us to get further from the truth. There are more distractions: more things we want, more things to do, and less time to really think about preparing our hearts for Jesus.”

Students then read from the Gospel of Luke. The program ended with the singing of “Silent Night” and the Lord's Prayer, all in Spanish.