Pastorela and Posada
Saturday, December 22
6:00 p.m., Conference Center Hall
Enjoy an evening of celebration in preparation for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Presented by our Hispanic community, the Pastorela (from pastor, “shepherd) is a dramatic reenactment of the Christmas story of the shepherds and their journey to Bethlehem to find the Christ Child. On their way, the shepherds experience a series of changes in fortune and confront the Devil, who does everything possible to prevent them from completing their mission. Michael the Archangel intervenes to defend the shepherds on their journey.
The tradition dates to the Autos Sacramentales, religious and dramatic representations of biblical passages very popular in Spain in the thirteenth century. The Posada (“inn”) depicts Mary and Joseph and their difficult journey to Bethlehem in search of a place to stay for the birth of Jesus.