Burying Time Capsule

Burying Time Capsule
1859 - 150th Anniversary of Parish - 2009 (photo by Scott & Debbie Travers )

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Jesse Tree - An Advent Tradition

On Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, Janet asked the children to help her place eight new symbols c/w story on the Jesse Tree.

Above Image cf. Google Images

The following is from the Parish Bulletin - Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
     The Jesse Tree and its symbols help us remember and reflect on who we are as Christians.  For each day of Advent stories from the history of God's people are told covering the time period from the story of Creation to the story of the birth of Christ.  Each story is marked by a symbol and that symbol is place on a tree - the Jesse Tree - which represents the line of descendants from Jesse, the father of David to Jesus, the Messiah.  The symbols help us to think about our history as the people of God.  As we wait for the second coming of Jesus we remember how the birth of Jesus brought hope and love into the world according to God's promise. 

The following information comes from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_Jesse
     The Tree of Jesse is a depiction in art of the Ancestors of Christ, shown in a tree which rises from Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David; the original use of the family tree as a schematic representation of a genealogy. It originates in a passage in the Biblical Book of Isaiah which describes metaphorically the descent of the Messiah, and is accepted by Christians as referring to Jesus. The subject is often seen in Christian art, particularly in that of the Medieval period. The earliest example dates from the 11th century.
     The passage in Isaiah, 11:1 is: "There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.   In the Latin Vulgate Bible used in the Middle Ages this was: "et egredietur virga de radice Iesse et flos de radice eius ascendet " or ".. a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up...".   Flos, pl floris is Latin for flower. Virga is a "green twig", "rod" or "broom", as well as a convenient near-pun with Virgo or Virgin, which undoubtedly influenced the development of the image. Thus Jesus is the Virga Jesse or "shoot of Jesse".
     In the New Testament the lineage of Jesus is traced by two of the Gospel writers, Matthew and Luke. Luke describes the "generations of Christ" in Chapter 3 of Luke's Gospel, beginning with Jesus himself and tracing backwards through his "earthly father" Joseph all the way to Adam.
     Matthew's Gospel opens with the words: "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham".  With this beginning Matthew makes clear Jesus' whole lineage: He is of God's chosen people, by his descent from Abraham, and he is the "shoot of Jesse" by his descent from Jesse's son, King David.   The figures shown are drawn from the genealogies in the Gospels, usually showing only a selection.

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