This Advent why not createyour own Jesse Tree?
The Early Church adopted the idea of Jesse Trees to help people link with the events and prophecies leading to Jesus’ birth.
A Jesse Tree depicts the relationship of Jesus with Jesse and other biblical figures who were the ancestors of Jesus.
Jesse was the father of King David.
Jesse was the son of Obed and the grandson of Ruth and of Boaz. He lived in Bethlehem, in Judah, and was of the Tribe of Judah;
he was a farmer, breeder and owner of sheep. Jesse is important in Judaism because he was the father of the most famous King of Israel. He is important in Christianity, in part because he is in the
Old Testament and mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in both Matthew and Luke’s Gospels.
You will need:
1. Either your Christmas Tree or a branch that can be placed into a pot or a large vase.
2. Tags for your Christmas tree or branch.
3. A Bible or Bible app. Then each day:
4. Using your Bible or Bible app find the Scripture text(s) that are liste read them prayerfully.
5. Add a word or symbol to the Jesse tag to show you have completed the reading.
6. Hang the Jesse tag onto your Christmas tree or branch until you have hung a tag for each day of December
For each day of December:
1 Creation Gen 1:1-31; 2:1-4
2 Adam & Eve Gen 2:7-9, 18-24
3 Fall of Man Gen 3:1-24
4 Noah Gen 6:5-22; 7:17-24; 8:1-22
5 Abraham Gen 12:1-3
6 Isaac Gen 22:1-14
7 Jacob Gen 24:1-34; 28:10-15
8 Joseph Gen 37:23-28; 45:3-15
9 Moses Exodus 2:1-10
10 Samuel 1 Sam 3:1-18
11 Jesse 1 Sam 16:1-13
12 David 1 Sam 17:12-51
13 Solomon 1 Kings 3:5-14
14 Jonah Jonah 1-2
15 Elisha II Kings 5:1-27
16 Isaiah Isaiah 35:1-2
17 Ezekiel Ezekiel 1:4-21
18 Daniel Daniel 6:1-24
19 Joseph Matt 1:18-25
20 Mary Luke 1:26-38
21 John the Baptist Mark 1:1-8
22 Jesus is Flower of Jesse Isaiah 11:1-3
23 Jesus is Emmanuel Isaiah 6:1-13; 7:14
24 Jesus is Light of the World John 1:1-14
25 Jesus is born Luke 2:1-20
Candles for Advent:
First Sunday of Advent - The candle of hope
Second Sunday of Advent - The candle of peace
Third Sunday of Advent - The candle of love
Fourth Sunday of Advent - The candle of joy