University of the Incarnate Word Students created and hosted “El Santo Niño, Prayer for Immigrants and the Vulnerable with Card Writing to Those in Detention.” The students dramatized Mary and Joseph remembering that they had been refugees fleeing violence. The students spoke as migrants who had fled from Mexico and Central America. José Rubén De León, a graduate of the university, shared from his new album Villancicos, Christmas Carols from Latin America and Spain.
The carol “El Santo Nino” from Puerto Rico says, “Mother standing at our door way is a baby boy so lovely. He is cold and weeping sadly, and his clothes are very ragged. Then the mother bade him welcome to the fire so bright and glowing. As he warmed himself she asked him in what country he was reigning. ‘My father is in heaven and my mother lives there too. My life on earth is given for the sake of you.’”