For the past five years, the Notre Dame community has marked the coming of the Christmas season with an annual tradition of Las Posadas. During this year’s celebration, students and others in attendance will meet at the Grotto at 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights for a walk, prayer, singing and food.Las Posadas, which is Spanish for “the inns,” reenacts a passage from the Gospel of Luke where Mary and Joseph search for shelter before Jesus is born, Becky Ruvalcaba, assistant director of multicultural ministry in Campus Ministry, said in an email.“[It] is an advent celebration revolving around the concept of hospitality,” she said. “ … We learn from the Posadas that by welcoming the poor and the needy, we are welcoming Jesus in our midst.”The walk will end at Stanford Hall on Monday night, the Coleman-Morse Center on Tuesday night and Farley Hall on Wednesday night.Junior Audrey Immonen, the spirituality commissioner for Farley Hall, said in an email that the event will feature one leader, three readers and two people to play Mary and Joseph.Ruvalcaba said the tradition is typical in Latin American countries and is usually held the nine days before Christmas.Besides Campus Ministry, Ruvalcaba said Farley and Stanford Halls play large roles in the event, but people from across campus participate.Campus Ministry plans the date at least two months in advance and then coordinates with Farley to set the locations each night, Immonen said.. She plans for the night when Farley hosts.“I recruit Farley’s Finest to read Bible passages and play Mary and Joseph,” she said. “We also order delicious Venezuelan food from the Mango Cafe here in South Bend — the night is full of empanadas, arepas and hot chocolate.”Elaine DeBassige, the rector of Farley, helped bring the tradition to campus several years ago.“I come from a state and culture that celebrates their faith through pilgrimage at Advent and Lent,” she said in an email. “Pilgrimage helps us to think about the journey we all make in our faith life.”DeBassige said her family always welcomed strangers.“When we open Farley’s door to let the pilgrims in for a prayer and food, it reminds me of home and the way this cultural tradition shaped my faith,” she said.Immonen said her favorite part of the event is when people remember that Mary and Joseph were refugees.“Nowadays, refugees are vilified and marginalized, and people forget that God was once one,” she said.Ruvalcaba and Immonen both said the community is one of their favorite parts of the event as well.“This event reminds students that we are called to walk with each other on the journey,” Immonen said.DeBassige ultimately sees the celebration as a time for the campus to come together.“One of the greatest gifts of a college education is the exchange of ideas, culture and life,” she said. “These things expand who we are when we dare to share. … The table that Christ sets then becomes more accessible to more people because it is another way to access the Catholic faith.”She said that making these traditions accessible helps make strangers seem less intimidating and more like friends or family.“Isn’t that what Notre Dame is all about?” she said.Tags: christmas, Faith, Las Posadas, Pilgrimage
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Man City vs. Norwich City Venue: Etihad Stadium Kick off: 4PMTwo sides separated by a whopping 57 points in the Premier League table will lock horns as Manchester City welcome Norwich City to the Etihad Stadium. Both sides go into the game with nothing but pride to play for, with Man City’s second-placed finish and Norwich’s relegation already confirmed ahead of today’s clash.An unprecedented three straight titles for Manchester City was ultimately not to be for Pep Guardiola, although the Citizens have bigger fish to fry heading into the summer months.For all their domestic success of the past few seasons, City are yet to triumph in the Champions League and will undoubtedly view this game as little more than a warm-up for the second leg of their last-16 clash with Real Madrid in August.Guardiola will not want his players to rest on their laurels, however, as a shock defeat to the Premier League’s basement side on Sunday could rock City’s confidence before they welcome the recently-crowned La Liga champions to Manchester.The Citizens must now aim to win their fifth game on the bounce in the English top flight, having comfortably swept aside Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United in the past few weeks. From an individual perspective, Kevin De Bruyne is still looking to dethrone Thierry Henry as the Premier League’s assist king, and the City man needs to set up two goals on the final day to surpass Henry’s record tally of 20 assists for Arsenal in the 2002-03 campaign.As for Norwich, Daniel Farke’s misery was compounded to the extreme in the early stages against Burnley, as Emiliano Buendia and Josip Drmic both received their marching orders before the half-time whistle.Burnley did not need another invitation to take the game by the scruff of the neck as Sean Dyche’s men marched to a 2-0 victory in Norwich’s final home game of the season – a result which stretched the Canaries’ winless run across all competitions to 10 matches.Despite boasting some promising individual talent in the ranks at Carrow Road – namely the likes of Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons – Norwich were never expected to produce a miraculous comeback following the restart and must now prepare for an immediate return to the Championship.Farke and his players must now face the daunting task of trying to scrape a result at the Etihad on the final day, although the Canaries will not have forgotten their historic 3-2 win over Man City in the reverse fixture. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Garcia, Mendy, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling. Norwich possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Lewis, Vrancic, McLean, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Pukki.Tags: Etihad StadiumManchester CityPremier League
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Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester City in a thrilling clash at Anfield.Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw the Reds race to a three goal lead before having to endure a nervy last 10 minutes when Bernardo Silva got one back.City find themselves in fourth place behind Leicester and Chelsea with Liverpool eight points clear of the chasing pack.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp went with his tried-and-tested big-game line-up for the visit of Manchester City.That meant four changes from the Champions League win over Genk with Andy Robertson returning at left-back, Jordan Henderson coming back into midfield and Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane rejoining the forward line.City made six changes as Claudio Bravo started in goal for the injured Ederson with three of the back four from Wednesday’s Champions League draw against Atalanta altered. Tags: LiverpoolMan City GETTY IMAGES – GETTY3Liverpool celebrate the goal from Mohamed SalahMichael Oliver waved away their appeals and within 30 seconds the Reds had scored with the Brazilian’s piledriver beating Bravo.Mohamed Salah doubled the advantage seven minutes later with a headed goal from a brilliant Andy Robertson cross.Angelino had a shot deflected onto the post as City looked for a way back into the game.Aguero flashed a shot wide and another straight at Alisson Becker as City went into the interval 2-0 down.Liverpool netted a third just six minutes after half-time, with Bravo failing to keep out Mane’s header at the back post from Henderson’s cross.Bernardo Silva gave the visitors a glimmer of hope when he got a goal back with 12 minutes to go to make it a nervy finish for the Reds. Source: talkSPORT GETTY IMAGES – GETTY3Fernandinho confronts Liverpool goalscorer FabinhoJohn Stones was picked to partner Fernandinho in the centre of defence with Kyle Walker and Angelino, who was making only his second Premier League start.Rodrigo came into midfield with Sergio Aguero preferred up front to Gabriel Jesus.Liverpool took the lead just six minutes into the match with a superb Fabinho goal but it was not without another VAR controversy.The City players were convinced Trent Alexander-Arnold had handled in his own box and wanted a penalty.