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Las Posadas at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Sunday Night Unplugged welcomes the after-school Spanish class performance of Las Posadas.

On Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m., the community is welcome to attend the program which completes a semester of afterschool language enrichment sponsored by Archuleta County Education Center. The class is taught by Senora Azul, Blue Lindner, from the Sonrisas Spanish School and classes are offered at the Intermediate School.

Las Posadas is a tradition in many Spanish speaking countries at Christmas time. It’s the final night of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. They go from inn to inn (las posadas) asking for shelter, and are rejected several times until finally a kind innkeeper takes them in. Regardless of your religious background, participating in Las Posadas is a wonderful way for children to connect with a deeper meaning of?the holidays: an opportunity to reach out to those in need. What’s more, says Blue Lindner, Senora Azul, “participating in Las Posadas provides an opportunity for the children experience Spanish speaking culture, and to synthesize the Spanish language skills they are learning in class.?Memorizing their lines and acting in another language?often helps children jump to the next level of speaking with the language.”

Father Doug Neel of St. Patrick’s has brought the Sunday Night Unplugged series to Pagosa Springs this year. It is a way to experience different types of services no matter what congregation you belong to or religious practices you follow. It is a community outreach where everyone is welcome. It takes place once a month on a Sunday evening. Programs have varied from classical, jazz, cowboy, traditional and now a Christmas story in Spanish performed by the youth of the community. January will feature Native American flutist, Charles Martinez, on Jan. 10.

Please join St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Sunday for this special Sunday Night Unplugged at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

For more information call the church office at 731-5801.