1. St. Joseph
Pray give us lodging, dear sir, in the name of heav’n.
All day since morning to travel we’ve giv’n.
Mary, my wife, is expecting a child.
She must have shelter tonight. Let us in, let us in!
You cannot stop here, I won’t make my house an inn.
I do not trust you, your story is thin.
You two might rob me and then run away.
Find somewhere else you can stay. Go away, go away!
3. St. Joseph
Please show us pity, your heart cannot be so hard.
Look at poor Mary, so worn and so tired.
We are most poor, but I’ll pay what I can.
God will reward you, good man. Let us in, let us in!
You try my patience. I’m tired and must get some rest.
I’ve told you nicely, but still you insist.
If you don’t go and stop bothering me,
I’ll fix you, I guarantee. Go away, go away!
5. St. Joseph
Sir, I must tell you my wife is the queen of heav’n,
chosen by God to deliver his Son.
Jesus is coming to earth on this eve.
(Oh heaven, make him believe!) Let us in, let us in!
Joseph, dear Joseph, oh how could I be so blind?
Not to know you and the virgin so fine!
Enter, blest pilgrims, my house is your own.
Praise be to God on his throne! Please come in, please come in!
Enter, enter, holy pilgrims, holy pilgrims.
Welcome to my humble home.
Though ‘tis little I can offer,
all I have please call your own.
- Two people dress up as Mary and Joseph. Certain houses are designated to be an “inn”.
- The head of the procession will have a candle inside a paper lampshade.
- At each house, the resident responds by singing a song and Mary and Joseph are finally recognized and allowed to enter.
- Once the “innkeepers” let them in, the group of guests come into the home and kneel around the Nativity scene to pray (typically, the Rosary).
- Individuals may actually play the various parts of Mary (María) and Joseph with the expectant mother riding a real donkey (burro), with attendants such as angels and shepherds acquired along the way, or the pilgrims may carry images of the holy personages instead.
- Children may carry poinsettias.
- The procession will be followed by musicians, with the entire procession singing posadas such as pedir posada.
- At the end of each night’s journey, there will be Christmas carols (villancicos), children will break open star-shaped piñatas to obtain candy and fruit hidden inside, and there will be a feast.
- Piñatas are traditionally made out of clay.
- It is expected to meet all the invitees in a previous procession.
Prayer to Saint Joseph
Joseph, Son of David and Husband of Mary,
we honor you, Guardian of the Redeemer,
and we adore the Child you named Jesus.
St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church,
pray with us that we may imitate you
in life-long dedication to the interests of the Savior.
Given to Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil,
“Our Lady of America”