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ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN POSADA TO BE CELEBRATED AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL AND THE GOLD COAST
Sunday, December 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Chicago, IL (December 11, 2013) The 27th Annual Archdiocesan Posada will be held on Sunday, December 15, beginning at 7 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Hundreds of Catholics, representing parishes from across the Archdiocese of Chicago, will come together to celebrate the Posada, which is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter.

The celebration will include prayers, songs and music in Spanish and English, a traditional portrayal of the Nativity story called a “Pastorela,” or “Shepherd's Tale,”  and a procession that begins and ends at the Cathedral.   

The procession, with hundreds of participants, along with actors portraying Mary, Joseph, the angel and shepherds on a float, will follow a route north toward Chicago Avenue, east toward Michigan Avenue, south to Superior Street and west back to State Street returning to the main doors of the Cathedral where the pilgrims will knock, asking in song for “Posada” or “Shelter.” 

After a final prayer and blessing, children will be given “Aguinaldos,” or bags of “treats” filled with oranges, apples, peanuts and candy as they exit the Cathedral.  The celebration then continues with the traditional breaking of the piñatas in the Cathedral’s parking lot. Complimentary tamales and hot chocolate will be available for all participants.

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