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Setting up a Jesse Tree in your home

Supplier of Jesse Tree symbols

Download / view the Jesse Tree brochure

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Overview

 

The Jesse tree is a tradition which recalls the family tree of Christ. Just as children like to know about their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, they like to know about Christ’s family tree. In making the tree, we look for symbols of important people or events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. A Jesse tree can be made out of an actual small tree, or it can be made on a piece of felt or burlap or a large piece of construction paper. Symbols are hung or attached to the tree.

This Advent, we will present a Jesse tree in the narthex of the church as a focal point of our environment for the season. Each week more symbols will appear on the tree.  The Jesse Tree brochure provides pictures of the symbols along with related scripture passages.

A Jesse Tree is an excellent devotion for the Catholic home. Symbols can be added weekly or daily to trace the persons and events which lead to the birth of Jesus. See the section below on Setting up a Jesse Tree in your home and to find a Supplier of Jesse Tree symbols. The internet can provide much reference information about the Jesse Tree, some available at the links provided below.

 

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Setting up a Jesse Tree in your home

 

  1. To build the Jesse Tree you will need: Jesse Tree symbols and something to hang them on.
  2. Symbols can represent any of the faith ancestors leading up to Jesus Christ.  Any of the key persons in the Old Testment who are part of God's redemption story, such as Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, the prophets, Jesse, David, Solomon, Mary & Joseph, etc.  The symbols may also represent miletone events in the passage of mankind from the Garden of Eden to the Birth of Christ, such as the beginning of man, the flood, the journey from slavery in Egypt, etc. See the Supplier of Jesse Tree symbols section for a source of symbols
  3. Jesse Tree symbols may be hung or attached to any number of backgrounds.  Some examples of these are as follows but not limited to:
    •    An evergreen tree, such as a Christmas tree, a Norfolk Pine, etc.
    •    Another style of tree, such as a ficus or schefflera.
    •    A leafless dead tree branch
    •    A mobile suspended from the ceiling
    •    A cloth representation of a tree, possibly attached to a wall.
    •    A wooden or other background to which symbols can be attached
  4. In developing your Jesse Tree, you may choose to place all the symbols onto the tree at the beginning of Advent, or to add symbols each day or each week of Advent.
  5. You should plan to have your Jesse Tree set up by the First Sunday of Advent (Nov. 30, 2014).  If not, you may build it anytime during the Advent season.
  6. You and your family can benefit from the Jesse Tree by doing some research on each symbol personage or event.  Some internet sources for information can be found in the article below.
  7. Each evening, you may elect to read some information about the Jesse Tree symbol of choice. This can be done in conjunction with your Advent Wreath ritual (See the Advent Wreath page).

 

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Supplier of Jesse Tree symbols

 

A Recommended Resource

A personal or family resource for the Jesse Tree can be found in
a booklet published by Augsburg Fortress:
“The Jesse Tree: Stories and Symbols of Advent”.

 

Preferred Supplier

St. Michael's Knights of Columbus
After all weekend Masses
In the Hallway of the Family Life Center
From Nov. 18 thru Dec. 24, 2017

 

Online Vendor:

Augsburg Fortress
Phone: 1-800-328-4648
Website: http://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/5487/The-Jesse-Tree

 

 

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Reference sources on the Jesse Tree

 

Wikipedia    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_Jesse

Catholic Culture    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=545

Loyola Press    http://www.loyolapress.com/the-jesse-tree.htm

 

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