Las Posadas del Viejo San Agustín / The Posadas of Old St. Augustine, a 400-year-old colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition, will be a night-time, torch-lit procession through the Oldest City for children of all ages, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings (Spanish: “posadas”) in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. Florida Living History, Inc.’s volunteers will present this holiday heritage Event, set in the year 1580, along St. George Street.
The Las Posadas procession will gather at 6:30PM at the City Gates, near the north end of St. George Street. The public is encouraged to join in the procession! From 7PM to 8PM, the processioners will march down St. George Street, stopping at several designated locations to “ask for lodgings,” as is traditional. The Las Posadas procession will conclude at the end of St. George Street, in front of Government House, where Florida Living History’s Theater with a Mission group, from Tallahassee, will present a centuries-old scene from Lope de Vega‘s Cristo Nuestro Bien (A Shepherds & Angels Play), under the direction of FLH Director Dr. Ben Gunter.
Following the theatrical production, St. Augustine’s Mayor, the Honorable Nancy Shaver, will offer the processioners an official holiday greeting from the City of St. Augustine. Las Posadas del Viejo San Agustín will end with a traditional blessing by Father Gilbert Medina, Pastor of All Souls Catholic Church, in Sanford, FL, and Florida Living History, Inc.’s Chaplain.
Photo by John Cipriani, courtesy of Florida Living History, Inc.