Monday, December 3, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Las Posadas 2018
Mark Saturday, December 8, 6:00 p.m. on your calendar and plan to participate in the 12th annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk in Sutter Creek! This event will take place no matter the weather.
Las Posadas is a traditional re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to rest, complete with a narration of the Christmas story and the singing of traditional Christmas carols. Participants receive candles and programs at booths set up on Spanish Street near Immaculate Conception Church. Children are invited to dress as angels or shepherds.
Picolina the mule carries Mary accompanied by Joseph and shepherds , followed by a choir and participants. Along the way lighted by luminarias, Joseph seeks shelter for Mary- but is rejected by those answering his knock at their doors. The procession moves along Main Street, which has been closed to traffic. Finally, a stable in front of the Methodist Church provides a resting place. Then everyone is invited into the hall where warm beverages and homemade cookies are served, lovely music is being played, and people enjoy chatting with old friends and new.
This is a beautiful, non-commercial way to begin the season of Advent, to enjoy the charm of the beautifully decorated city of Sutter Creek, and to be a part of this annual community event.
Las Posadas is sponsored by the Episcopal, Methodist, and St. Katherine Drexel’s parishes.
Monday, November 5, 2018
The Holidays are fast approaching including many of the events hosted throughout the foothills. This year's Las Posadas is Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 pm in Sutter Creek. Please accept this announcement as your invitation to join the Las Posadas choir chaired by Cheryl Parker.
The choir will consist of two (2) groups: Those who wish to walk in the procession, and those who will meet us on the front stairs of Creekside Methodist Church at the end of the procession. For those of us who do not want to or are unable to walk in the procession, this is a great opportunity to join us at Creekside Methodist Church for the last several songs at the conclusion of Las Posadas. Additionally, please wear your church choir robe or plan to wear a Creekside Methodist Church robe.
The procession is an interdenominational presentation hosted by the churches of Sutter Creek: St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, Creekside Methodist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.
Las Posadas is a Christmas candlelight parade with song. In 1580 AD St. John of the Cross with whom Las Posadas is attributed, led a community procession through the halls of the Carmelite Convent of Avila, Spain carrying images of Joseph and Mary. The Augustinian and Franciscan padres who came from Spain at the end of the 16th century to evangelize and teach the people of Mexico, adapted the pilgrimage for the commoners. The reenactment of Jesus' birth helped the converts experience the hope and promise that are a part of the Holiday season.
If you are interested in participating in the Las Posadas choir where well know Christmas carols will be sung, please confirm your interest by emailing Cheryl at Cparker12510@gmail.com or calling (209) 273-9089.
Choir members should meet on the day of Las Posada at the Catholic Church at the corner of Amelia and Spanish Street prior to the start of the possession. One choir practice may be scheduled prior to Las Posadas at Creekside Methodist Church where programs and choir robes as needed will be distributed. More details to follow as to the exact date and time of choir practice should one be needed. For those who wish to wear a Creekside Methodist Church choir robe, I will be at the church from 5:00 to 5:30 pm for robe and program distribution. At the conclusion of Las Posada choir robes can be returned at the church.
If you would like to invite others to join the Las Posadas choir, kindly feel free to share this announcement.
|Photo by Bill Lavallie|
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018