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Posada more than lodging

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:00 am

There are many Christmas traditions and events that commemorate the birth of Jesus, and a memorable and treasured event for Marathon and Marfa residents occupies a special place in their lives. More than just walking outside and singing Christmas carols, posadas are designed to get children and adults more involved by singing, praying, and engaging with family and friends as they anticipate the birth of Jesus. Posada is Spanish for “inn” or “lodging.”

St. Mary’s Catholic Mission in Marathon brings the tradition alive, and Marathon resident Imelda Hernandez is overjoyed with all of it. Hernandez, a graduate of Marathon High School, mother of three, and a children’s religious education teacher, said, “I have been participating in the posadas for as long as I can remember, just because my grandmother was very faithful with it. Back when I was younger, it was a big family thing - parents and children joined.”

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