Liberal parish celebrates Guadalupe; the search for room at the inn

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The celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the story of the newborn Christ child inspired nights of celebration in the Catholic community of Liberal, which celebrated with traditional dance, as well as the posada, a reenactment of the search for lodging by Mary and Joseph.
St. Anthony, Liberal parishioners honored Our Lady of Guadalupe with dance and song. Her feast day was Dec. 12. Mass was celebrated Friday evening, with mañanitas (birthday celebration) on Sunday at 4:30 a.m. A procession began at noon with a Mass at 1 p.m., following which, performers in colorful native garb took part in danzas until 7 p.m.
Locals took part in a posada, which is a novena that starts nine days before Christmas and is held at different homes each night.  Several areas in Liberal celebrate the event. Often, participants will carry ceramic figurines of Mary and Joseph, but sometimes children will play the part.  When the outside group is invited in after they ask for lodging, there are songs that are sung, along with prayers.  Many will recite the rosary.   After the rosary there is usually refreshments or even a meal.  The following evening, another home with host Mary and Joseph, and the many pilgrims.