Special to The Sun
Fifth-graders Kalli Launhardt and David Turner, playing the role of Mary and Joseph, made their way down the hallway of classrooms, knocking on each door and seeking lodging for the impending birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
The traditional celebration of Las Posadas at St. Mary’s Episcopal School on Wednesday, was totally recited in Spanish, and organized by Señora Massar, the school’s Spanish teacher. The celebration is a Mexican Christmas tradition that recreates the search for lodging by Mary and Joseph, or in this case, Maria and Jose.
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, it was the school’s first-graders who finally welcome Maria and Jose, giving them a place to stay where their baby could be born.
Other fifth-grade students narrated the story and 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 shared in the reading from the Bible, Luke 2:1-7.
The program ended with the singing of “Silent Night” and the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish.