For the last two years Anglicans of Second Life has organised a Posada in world. For those unfamiliar with the tradition, it comes from Mexico and originally involved the young people of the community dressing up as Mary and Joseph and going from house to house in the village. They asked for a room for the night and announced to the people that Jesus was soon to be born. A full scale nativity play was then acted out on Christmas Eve at their church and the stable scene was completed with Mary and Joseph.
This tradition is celebrated nowadays with figures of Mary and Joseph being hosted in different places each night of Advent. When they stay in a place it offers a chance for a party for friends and family of the host. The form this takes varies but may include worship and carols and a telling of the message of Christmas and perhaps food and drink. It’s more important that it’s a time of gathering together than that it is something elaborate.
In the last two years we have had the opportunity to meet new people, to visit different churches and locations, and to enjoy the build up to Christmas. It would be wonderful to do the same this year. Can you offer Mary and Joseph a place to stay for a night? On Advent Sunday (27th November) in the noon service, the figures of Mary and Joseph will be handed to the first host. Each evening, at a time convenient to you and the next host, Mary and Joseph will move on. On Christmas Eve they will return to Epiphany Island and take up residence in our stable scene in the Peace Garden.
If you would like to help, please let Helene Milena or Cady Enoch know as soon as possible. The full list of hosts does not have to be in place by Advent Sunday, but the first few are needed as soon as possible. Last year we had people volunteering while the Posada was already underway.
If you host Mary and Joseph we can advertise any event you may be having via group notices and you will be able to use the group IM to remind members of the community of the event if you wish. It would be wonderful if you could take a photo of Mary and Joseph in your home, church or other venue and send it to Cady plus a brief diary entry of what happened that day. For the last two years we have created a lovely memory book in world of the journey Mary and Joseph took over Advent.
Helene Milena – Lay Pastor