Every Advent, Christmas, Lent & Easter, we come together to walk the journey of the seasons as a school. In this YEAR OF FAITH, please join us on our journey as we discover the deeper meaning of the Liturgical Seasons.
During Advent, we will be building a JESSE TREE. Every day, this site will post a Jesse Tree Symbol that goes with a story from Scripture. There will also be a short commentary about the symbol and scripture. The Liturgical Readings for the Day will also be notated, along with any special Feast Days or traditions. Feel free to use the links at the right of the page to navigate to sites, where you can access the Readings for the Day and other information.
We hope that you and your family have a FAITH-FILLED Advent Season.
WHAT IS A JESSE TREE?
The Jesse Tree
"O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign for all people, standing before the silence of kings, to whom the gentiles offer their prayers. Come and deliver us."
The Jesse Tree helps us to remember that Advent is a time of waiting for the coming of the Savior. It is a symbol of life and growth and is expressed through the ancestry of an individual. The image is not unusual to us since we also speak about our family tree or our roots.
Jesse, whom the tree is named after, was the father of King David. The tree reminds us of all the people who waited for the coming of the Savior. We decorate the tree with symbols that remind us of some of the people who waited for the coming of the Savior--the patriarchs and matriarchs (our fathers and mothers in faith), the prophets, and the parents of the Lord.
If you would like to have your own Jesse Tree for your family in your home, please refer to links posted on the sidebar for assistance.