the Birth of Jesus Procession on Main Street in St. Charles
Las Posadas 2018 will continue to accent the Christmas Season in St. Charles. The date this year is December 1st.
Sponsored by several St. Charles area churches, individuals, and community-minded organizations, the candle-lit procession moves slowly down ten blocks of South Main Street, lined with people who light the way for "Mary and Joseph" as they seek lodging at various establishments along the way. They finally find shelter at the Main Pavilion at Frontier Park, on the Missouri River. There will be readings of The Story, carols for all to sing, and lighting of a yule log, a tradition that began here in the mid-70s.
As we see and appreciate the preservation of this tradition which goes back hundreds of years thru Mexico, Guatemala, and back to Spain - the meaning of Christ as Light of the World will stand a better chance of shining brighter than the more prevalent commercial aspects of the Christmas season.
Everyone is invited to gather at South Main & Boone's Lick Streets on the evening of December 1st, beginning at 6:30, to witness "Mary and Joseph" as they attempt to find "room at the inn" for the coming birth of their baby, Jesus. When one watches from the sidewalk and follows the parade to Frontier Park with a lighted candle in hand, there is an overwhelming sense of purpose to this part of the Christmas story. Plan to arrive early to find parking, buy a candle (or bring one!), and a good spot to view the procession - maybe even join in!! We will also be selling t-shirts this year to help defray costs.