Monday, November 27, 2006Making Do on Mondays: The Jesse Tree
Advent is coming... There are many projects out there to do, including that of the Jesse Tree. This may be a fun project to do with the children for the coming of Advent.
About this tradition:
The representation of the Tree of Jesse is based upon the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1-2:
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the sprit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord."
~(source: catholic culture.org)
The Jesse tree tells about Christ’s ancestry through symbols and relates Scripture to salvation history, progressing from creation to the birth of Christ. It's essentially the story of our whole world up until the Messiah's coming. The tree can be made on a poster board with the symbols glued on, or on an actual tree. The Leaflet Missal Company also sells a BLESSED Jesse Tree kit which is essentially different swatches of felt and patterns for each day (this is the one Ellie has... I'll gladly email the patterns and instructions for you to print from your own computer if you are buying your own felt: the company encourages sharing). Doing this activity is one of the BEST ways to keep the focus of Christmas in its proper perspective for kids. Each day you put a new symbol on the tree and do the little Scripture verse that corresponds to it.
For further information read Advent and Christmas in a Catholic Home. (from Catholiceducation.org)