Naming Mary’s donkey

Posada is a great feature of Advent for us at St Chrysostom’s. We do it in our own distinctive way. The small knitted figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey travel around our local community as they journey towards Christmas and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The figures are seen by a great number of people, and welcomed among us. We follow their journey through our church social media. Their journey connects us with the Christmas message and with one another, and helps us to pray for our church and parish.

donkey-postBefore they set off we need help to choose a name for Mary’s donkey. Anne, parish assistant, was asked to choose three possible names. The names have to be female, and come from the Jewish scriptures – after all the donkey came from a Jewish community!

Anne has kindly taken a photo of the donkey for us to inspire us as we decide upon her name.

So its over to you. The choices are:

Dinah: A daughter of  Leah and Jacob – later seen as a symbol of enslaved women. (Genesis 34)

Jemima: noted for her beauty, one of Job’s daughters. (Job 42.14)

Rahab: of Jericho, who assisted the Israelites in capturing the city. (Joshua 2.1-13)

Thank you to all who voted. The votes have now been counted and verified!

We can reveal that this year Mary’s donkey is called DINAH.

Dinah (47% of votes), Jemima (44%) and Rahab (9%).



About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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