|Rosary to conclude the feast of Guadalupe|
|Actors for the drama of Our Lady of Guadalupe|
|Presentation of the Gifts|
|Ladies traditional dance|
|Dancers from St. Teresa of Kolkata|
|Dance of the Viejos (Old ones)|
After a few days of rest, they began the rosaries for the Posadas. This again is nine days of rosary, singing and food with the added twist of candy and fruit each night for the children. This then concludes with the joyous final night on the 23rd with rosary, the pastorales, food, gifts and the piñata.
|Posada singing outside the door|
|Receiving the crib|
|The final rosary|
|This year's Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus|
|The cast of the pastorales|
|Gifts from Novice Ken and elves|
The highlight of course is Christmas Mass.
The photos and description can not capture the level of faith that is evident in the faithful where any given night as few as thirty and as many as 100 were gathered for prayer. Imagine 2 to 3 hours every night for 21 days during December. Where many were shopping and preparing for Christmas in other ways, these Christians were praying to prepare their heart for the Lord.
After all, the time of advent is to prepare us to receive the gift of faith in a renewed way. As we end 2016 and begin 2017 may it be a time of great faith in Jesus for everyone.
Peace, Love and Hope is my wish for everyone.
Happy New Year.