Providing our Children Room at the Inn
A “posada” is a traditional procession during the nine days before Christmas in Latin America. (The COAR children staged it in November when we visited.) A couple, playing Mary and Joseph, knock on doors asking for a room. The “innkeepers” behind the room refuse them entry. (Sometimes the “doors” are stations in a school gym room, or some creative version of a town.) The procession starts with Mary and Joseph singing their request for a room and the innkeepers singing their refusal. Until finally one innkeeper agrees.
Here are the verses of this traditional song along side photos of the COAR children safe and sheltered. The COAR children, like all vulnerable children and youth, seek shelter and safety. You are all the real, tangible innkeepers that provide them this safety. What a great image for this Christmas season.
Pilgrims (outside)In the name of HeavenI ask you for lodgingMy beloved wifeCan no longer walk.
Innkeepers (inside)This isn’t an innMove alongI can’t open for youWhat if you’re a rogue?
Pilgrims (outside)Don’t be inhumanShow us charityOur God in HeavenWill repay you.
Innkeepers (inside)Get movingDon’t bother usIf I get angryI’ll come out and beat you.
Pilgrims (outside)We’re so tiredWe’ve come from NazarethI’m a carpenterAnd my name is Joseph.
Innkeepers (inside)I don’t care what you’re calledLet me sleepI’ve already told youWe won’t open up
Pilgrims (outside)I’m only asking for lodgingMy esteemed innkeeper,it’s just that she’s with child,The Queen of Heaven.
Innkeepers (inside)Well if it’s a queenAsking to come in,How is it that she’sso alone and at night?
Pilgrims (outside) My wife is Mary, Queen of Heaven, And mother she’s to be, Of the Word Incarnate.
Innkeepers (inside)You’re JosephAnd your wife is Mary,Come in, pilgrimsI didn’t know you.
Pilgrims (outside)God repay you, good sirsFor your charityAnd Heaven fill youWith joy.
All Blessed is the houseThat shelters todayThe most pure Virgin,Beautiful Mary. Come in, Holy Pilgrims,Take this little corner,Although the shelter is mean,I give it to you from my heart.