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Jesse Trees (genealogy of Jesus activity for families)
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Posted on 11/29/2007 9:22:53 PM PST by Salvation

Jesse Trees


 
A Jesse Tree is a depiction of the genealogy of Jesus designed in such a way as to show that He springs from the "root of Jesse"  per the prophecy of Isaias 11:1:

And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse [David's father], and a flower shall rise up out of his root.

This prophecy was recalled by St. Paul, and on the first Sunday of Advent, we remember his words with the Epistle reading of Romans 15:4-13, which reads, in part:

Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath received you unto the honour of God. For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name. And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and magnify him, all ye people. And again Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse; and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope.

All throughout Advent, we will hear references to Christ's ancestors in the Mass readings.

The artistic depiction of Christ's royal genealogical heritage is very old; the West facade of Chartres Cathedral, dated to ca. A.D. 1150, for example, has a lancet window that depicts the "Jesse Tree" (see stained glass image below).

Some Jesse Trees depict the 28 generations listed in Matthew -- starting with Jesse and ending in Jesus. Others depict representatives from that genealogy (Jesse, David, Solomon, etc.) as do most medieval Jesse Trees.
Medieval German Jesse Tree
The medieval German manuscript at right depicts only 6 elements in the Jesse Tree: Jesse, two prophets with scrolls filled in with verses concerning Christ and His Mother, two prophets with scrolls with no verses, and, toppping it all off, the Virgin holding her Son.

Most modern Jesse Trees use symbols which summarize the Old Testament and show, basically, the history of the world up to Christ (Adam and Eve, Noe, Abraham, etc.).

A Jesse Tree in the home, then is simply the Advent custom of using a collection of symbols that portray the fact that Jesus has come, as predicted, from the root of Jesse. These symbols can be hung on a small, literal tabletop-sized tree, or on a branch brought in from outside. They can be hung on small artificial trees made of wood or metals, or on two-dimensional wooden trees.

The symbolic ornaments -- which can vary from family to family -- can be storebought or homemade -- for example, painted onto wooden rounds, wood carved into shapes, embroidered onto linen rounds which are then sewn onto round hoops to hold their shape, painted on paper, cut out from cardboard, etc. Gorgeous paintings and graphics could be scanned, printed out, and glued onto wood and shellacked. Or they can be made, like Christmas Tree ornaments, out of "Baker's Clay."


Some families add ornaments to their Jesse Trees one each day, starting on 1 December to time with the Advent Calendar and O Antiphons (24 ornaments); others add them all at once on 1 December. Some make Jesse trees that stress prophecy, with symbols of the Old Testament Prophets and the Sibyls; others makes ones that stress the history of the world from creation. Whatever works for your family is fine, but whatever you do, and whatever symbols you use, the point should be to show that Christ springs from the root of Jesse, per Isaias's prophecy, and with the Infant Christ being held by Mary at the apex.
 

Chartres Cathedral Jesse Tree window

Suggested Symbols for a 24-Day Jesse Tree Stressing Prophecy & Typology

December 1

Melchisedech

a man offering bread and wine
(Genesis 14:18)

December 2

Abraham

a man holding a knife
(Genesis 12:1-3)

December 3

Isaac

a man preparing to be sacrificed on an altar/ ram
(Genesis 22:1-14)

December 4

Jacob

man dreaming of a ladder to Heavenr
(Genesis 25:1-34; 28:10-15)

December 5

Moses

man holding the tablets with the Commandments
(Exodus 20)

December 6

Isaias

a man being martyred by a saw

December 7

Jesse

tree stump with flower. The classic depiction is of Jesse lying on his side with the branch of Jesus's "family tree" growing from his side.
(1 Kings 16:1-13)

December 8

David

a man playing a harp
(1 Kings 17:12-51)

December 9

Ezechiel

a man seeing the four living creatures/symbols of the Evangelists
(Ezechiel 1)

December 10

Daniel

a man among the lions
(Daniel 14)

December 11

Jeremias

a man holding a scroll

December 12

Malachias

Eucharist and incense
(Malachias 1:10-11)

December 13

The Cumean Sybil

very old Italian-Greek woman in a cave surrounded with leaves she writes on, or a jar holding her voice

December 14

The Erythraean Sybil

a woman holding a scroll or writing on leaves

December 15

The Tiburtine Sybil

a woman holding a book and/or talking to Augustus about the coming One

December 16

John the Baptist

scallop shell, locusts, honey, tall slim Cross
(Mark 1:1-8)

The Golden Nights Begin...

December 17

Christ as Sapientia

oil lamp
(Isaias 28:29; Wisdom 11:2-3)

December 18

Christ as Adonai

crown
(Isaias 11:4-5, 33:22)

December 19

Christ as Radix Jesse

flower
(Isaias 11:1,10, Micheas 5:1)

December 20

Christ as Clavis David

key
(Isaias 22:22, Isaias 9:6)

December 21

Christ as Oriens

rising sun
(Isaias 9:2)

December 22

Christ as Rex Gentium

scepter
(Isaias 9:7, 2:4)

December 23

Christ as Emmanuel

Chalice and Host
(Isaias 7:14; 33:22)

Christmas Eve

The Nativity

Mary holding the Infant Jesus,
with Star of Bethlehem over their heads
(Luke 2:1-20)

 
 

Suggested Symbols for a 24-Day Jesse Tree Stressing the History of the World

December 1

Creation

sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
(Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-4)

December 2

Adam and Eve

Tree of Life, man, woman
(Genesis 2:7-9, 18-24)

December 3

The Fall of Man

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, serpent, bitten apple
(Genesis 3:1-7 and 23-24)

December 4

Noe

ark, animals, dove, rainbow
(Genesis 6:5-8, 13-22; 7:17, 23, 24; 8:1, 6-22)

December 5

Abraham

knife
(Genesis 12:1-3)

December 6

Isaac

bundle of wood, altar, ram
(Genesis 22:1-14)

December 7

Jacob

ladder
(Genesis 25:1-34; 28:10-15)

December 8

Joseph

well, multi-colored tunic
(Genesis 25:1-34; 28:10-15)

December 9

Moses

baby in basket among reeds, Commandments
(Exodus 2:1-10)

December 10

Samuel

lamp, temple
(1 Kings 2:21, 3:1-20)

December 11

Jesse

tree stump with flower. The classic depiction is of Jesse lying on his side with the branch of Jesus's "family tree" growing from his side.
(1 Kings 16:1-13)

December 12

David

harp
(1 Kings 17:12-51)

December 13

Solomon

temple, scales of Justice,
sword and baby
(III Kings 3:5-14, 16-28)

December 14

Joseph

carpenter's tools, flowering staff
(Matthew 1:18-25)

December 15

Our Lady

lily, crown of stars, pierced heart, roses
(Genesis 3:15, Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38)

December 16

John the Baptist

scallop shell, locusts, honey, tall slim Cross
(Mark 1:1-8)

The Golden Nights Begin...

December 17

Christ as Sapientia

oil lamp
(Isaias 28:29; Wisdom 11:2-3)

December 18

Christ as Adonai

crown
(Isaias 11:4-5, 33:22)

December 19

Christ as Radix Jesse

flower
(Isaias 11:1,10, Micheas 5:1)

December 20

Christ as Clavis David

key
(Isaias 22:22, Isaias 9:6)

December 21

Christ as Oriens

rising sun
(Isaias 9:2)

December 22

Christ as Rex Gentium

scepter
(Isaias 9:7, 2:4)

December 23

Christ as Emmanuel

Chalice and Host
(Isaias 7:14; 33:22)

Christmas Eve

The Nativity

Mary holding the Infant Jesus,
with Star of Bethlehem over their heads
(Luke 2:1-20)

 
  
Note: I've seen some pre-fab Jesse Tree Kits that use a so-called "Star of David" (also called "Magen David" or "Shield of David") as a symbol. The "Star of David" -- which wasn't a popular symbol of Jewry until the 18th c. when it was adopted by the Rothschilds (though it was known before then in post-Temple Judaism and is found in a few synagogue decorations) -- is actually a hexagram with 6 points, 6 equilateral triangles, forming a 6-sided hexagon interiorly. It is the ancient star of Remphan (Moloch , Chiun, or Saturn) and Ashtoreth mentioned in Amos 5:26 and Acts 7, and one of the most powerful symbols used in Freemasonry, Satanism, and the occult. For a true symbol of David, use a harp or a crown; for Solomon, use a temple or a crown. (The term "Solomon's Shield" is often used to refer to the Star of David, but Solomon's Shield" is actually a pentagram.)
 


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1 posted on 11/29/2007 9:22:56 PM PST by Salvation
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I personally like the typology list above, but with families, doing the world one makes sense.

Symbols — ornaments can be made from cardboard with pictures from magazines. They can be very simple — or you can do the playdough/baker’s clay thing too.

I’ve seen both and they look very nice.

A great way to count down to Christmas (24 days) and learn something every day — not just open a window on an Advent Calendar!


2 posted on 11/29/2007 9:25:31 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway; sandyeggo; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...
Catholic Discussion Ping!

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3 posted on 11/29/2007 9:26:22 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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read later


4 posted on 11/29/2007 10:09:10 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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Interesting!


5 posted on 11/30/2007 5:05:11 AM PST by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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A lot of Catholics do not know that they could do this in the middle of their Advent Wreath (if it is large enough) with a dried out wintered branch. Or make a separate display.

A way to learn a lot about the Old Testament as well as the New Testament characters.


6 posted on 11/30/2007 7:24:22 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Thank you Salvation for the excellent ping!


7 posted on 11/30/2007 9:38:15 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them. Jane Austen.)
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THanks for the interesting post. I had not heard of this custom before, and I have been a Catholic almost 50 years.


8 posted on 11/30/2007 1:17:37 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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Links to some great ideas for families with young children.

http://marjorielettres.blogspot.com/2006/12/o-antiphons-our-altoid-advent-revealed.html

http://www.catholicculture.org/liturgicalyear/overviews/seasons/advent/index.cfm

I have several pdf files and doc files of Jesse Tree ornaments that you can just print and hang on the tree as well as different readings for the month. Freepmail me if you’d like to have these files. I’d be happy to share what I’ve found!


9 posted on 11/30/2007 8:36:38 PM PST by samiam1972 (I'm a mommy of 4 now!!)
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Thanks, ping


10 posted on 11/30/2007 8:37:52 PM PST by Cvengr (Every believer is a grenade. Arrogance is the grenade pin. Pull the pin and fragment your life.)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

CREATION
December 2

Symbols: Sun, Moon, Stars, Earth

During this Advent season we review our salvation history, meditating on God's promise of a Savior. We begin with Creation, the birth of life, beginning of time.

In the creation of world and man, God gave the first and universal witness to His almighty love and His wisdom, the first proclamation of the "plan of His loving goodness," which finds its goal in the new creation of Christ.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 1-2


11 posted on 12/03/2007 10:43:46 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

ADAM AND EVE
December 3

Symbols: Tree, Man and Woman

Adam and Eve are the first ancestors of the human race. Christ is called the "second" or "new Adam" because He ushered in the new creation by forgiving sin and restoring humanity to the grace of God's friendship lost by original sin. Mary, because she is the mother of the eternal Son of God made man, is called the "new Eve," the "mother of the living" in the order of grace.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 2:7-9; 18-24


12 posted on 12/03/2007 10:45:55 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

FALL OF MAN
December 4

Symbols: Tree with Fruit or Apple

The parents of the human race, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God's command in the Garden of Eden, thereby commiting the original sin, resulting in the closing of the gates of Heaven to mankind.

Even after this sin, man was not abandoned by God. God promises a Messiah and Redeemer: "I will put emnity between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel (Gen 3:14)." He tells us of a "New Adam" who will have victory over sin.

This victory of Christ has given us greater blessings than those which sin had taken from us. God permits evil in order to draw forth some greater good: "O Happy Fault, whereby we have merited so great a Redeemer (Exsultet)."

Recommended Readings: Genesis 3:1-7, 9, 14-29, 23-24


13 posted on 12/04/2007 4:41:44 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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NOAH
December 5

Symbols: Animals, Dove, Rainbow

When Noah finally left the Ark and settled on dry land, he built an altar to worship the Lord who had saved him. God placed a rainbow in the sky as token of his resolve to never visit such a disaster over the face of the earth again.

Noah was a savior, preserving the natural life of all within the Ark; Christ bring supernatural life to mankind and preserves that life within His Mystical Body, the Church.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 6:5-8; 7:11-16; 8:15-16; 9:12-13


14 posted on 12/05/2007 10:10:34 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

NOAH
December 5

Symbols: Animals, Dove, Rainbow

When Noah finally left the Ark and settled on dry land, he built an altar to worship the Lord who had saved him. God placed a rainbow in the sky as token of his resolve to never visit such a disaster over the face of the earth again.

Noah was a savior, preserving the natural life of all within the Ark; Christ bring supernatural life to mankind and preserves that life within His Mystical Body, the Church.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 6:5-8; 7:11-16; 8:15-16; 9:12-13


15 posted on 12/05/2007 10:11:03 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

ABRAHAM
December 6

Symbols: Torch, Sword, Mountain, Tent, Stars

Abraham is our father in faith. He is the man of faith and patriarch of Israel with whom God made a covenant which promised him land in which to live and many descendants, a great people for whom the Lord would be their God. Through Abraham God formed the people to whom he would later give the law by revelation through Moses. With the advent of Christ, the people of Israel would serve as the root to which the Gentiles would be grafted by their coming to believe.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 12:2-3; 17:4-6


16 posted on 12/06/2007 5:02:34 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

ISAAC
December 7

Symbols: Bundle of Wood, Ram

And Isaac was a great type, or symbol of Christ. Both carried up a mount the wood on which they were to be sacrificed. Isaac was the only son of Abraham, Christ was the only begotten son of God.

The altar with the slain lamb is a prefigurement of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 22:1-2, 6-13, 15-19


17 posted on 12/08/2007 10:43:04 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: John the Baptist Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 5:  Fall of Man Dec. 4: Adam and Eve Dec. 3: Creation

MARY
December 8

Symbols: Lily, Crown of Stars

On this holyday of obligation, the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an event that heralds God's choice of Mary to be the Mother of the Redeemer. The Immaculate Conception is the doctrine that the Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved from any stain of sin, including original sin, from the moment of her conception in her mother's (St. Anne) womb.

The Virgin Mary, chosen Mother of the Redeemer, is robed in the splendor of her stainless innocence, and clothed with the beauty of one redeemed in Christ and prepared to receive Him in her womb.

Recommended Readings: Revelation 12; Song 4:7


18 posted on 12/08/2007 11:15:43 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

JACOB
December 9

Symbols: Ladder

In a vision, Jacob (son of Isaac) saw a ladder reaching from heaven to earth, with angels descending and ascending. Christ, the Incarnate God, is the Ladder reuniting earth to heaven, mankind to God.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 28:12-13


19 posted on 12/09/2007 10:16:47 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

JOSEPH
December 10

Symbols: Coat of many Colors, Sheaf, Silver Coins

Joseph's brothers were furious that their father favored their younger brother above all of them, and when Jacob gave Joseph an expensive, many-colored coat, they conspired against him.

Like Christ, Joseph was sold for silver, but the hand of God led him to become a leader of the nation of Egypt. Later, his brothers, leaders of the Chosen People after their father Jacob, came to Egypt and settled under his rule. The many-colored coat has become the symbol of Joseph, since it was so instrumental in his life.

Recommended Readings: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-24, 28; 45:3-13


20 posted on 12/10/2007 7:18:58 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

MOSES
December 11

Symbols: Baby in Basket, Stone Tablets, Burning Bush

Moses led the Israelites, the Chosen people, out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Later, he received the Ten Commandments from the hand of God on Mount Sinai.

God appeared to Moses in the form of a bush, which burned but was not consumed, a symbol of the Virgin Birth of Christ. The Law of Moses as symbolized in the tablets which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai, was fulfilled in Christ who brings a law of love.

Recommended Readings: Exodus 31:16-18; 3:2-5


21 posted on 12/11/2007 8:16:54 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

SAMUEL
December 12

Symbols: Lamp, Temple

The lamp is a symbol for the Word of God, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet." (Psalm 119:105) Samuel became a prophet, the light of God to His people.

Recommended Readings: 1 Kings 3:2-4


22 posted on 12/12/2007 8:03:18 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 14: King Solomon Dec. 13: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 12: Jesse Dec. 11: Samuel Dec. 10: Moses Dec. 9: Joseph Dec. 7: Jacob Dec. 6: Isaac Dec. 5: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

JESSE
December 13

Symbols: Crimson Robe, Shepherd's Staff

The purple robe is a symbol of royalty and is used for Jesse because he was the father of King David. Jesse was the ancestor of many kings, most importantly the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

Recommended Readings: 1 Kings 16:1, 4-5, 11-13


23 posted on 12/13/2007 5:59:09 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

KING DAVID
December 14

Symbols: Six-Pointed Star, Slingshot and 4 Stone, Harp, Crown

The six-pointed star is the emblem of the Royal House of David even to this day. Christ, who is born of the House of David, can truly claim this emblem as His own.

The crown and scepter signify Christ's universal kingship. Christ is not only the King of the Jewish nation, but the "Desired One of all," the cornerstone which unites both Jew and Gentile.

Recommended Readings: 2 Kings 5:3-4; 2:1-7


24 posted on 12/14/2007 7:36:35 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

KING SOLOMON
December 15

Symbols: Scale of Justice, Temple, Crown

Solomon is honored in Scripture as the wisest monarch. Though he used a real sword to make his point, he used his wisdom, the sword of justice, to divide truth from lies.

God foretold that David's son and heir, Solomon, would be the one to build a temple to the Lord God. Solomon did in fact complete the construction of the temple during his reign.

Recommended Readings: 3 Kings 3:23-28; 3 Kings 5:5


25 posted on 12/15/2007 7:52:32 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Dec. 16: Jonah Dec. 5: Noah Dec. 15: King Solomon Dec. 14: King David Dec. 8: Mary Dec. 13: Jesse Dec. 12: Samuel Dec. 11: Moses Dec. 10: Joseph Dec. 9: Jacob Dec. 7: Isaac Dec. 6: Abraham Dec. 4:  Fall of Man Dec. 3: Adam and Eve Dec. 2: Creation

JONAH
December 16

Symbols: Whale

And Jonah began to enter into the city after one day's journey: and he cried and said: Yet forty days and Ninive shall be destroyed. And the men of Ninive believed in God: and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least.

As Jonah remained in the whale three days, so Christ remained three days in the earth after His death.

Recommended Readings: Jonah 1:11-15


26 posted on 12/16/2007 2:40:38 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Today’s Gospel (Also read at the Vigil of Christmas Mass)

From: Matthew 1:1-17

The Ancestry of Jesus Christ


[1] The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of
Abraham.

[2] Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob
the father of Judah and his brothers, [3] and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah
by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, [4]
and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahson, and
Nahson the father of Salmon, [5] and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and
Boaz due father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, [6] and Jesse
the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, [7] and Solomon the
father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father
of Asa, [8] and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of
Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, [9] and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and
Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, [10] and Hezekiah
the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father
of Josiah, [11] and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time
of the deportation to Babylon.

[12] And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, [13] and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, [14] and Azor
the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Aching and Achim the father of Eliud,
[15] and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and
Matthan the father of Jacob, [16] and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of
Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

[17] So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations,
and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the
deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

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Commentary:

1. This verse is a kind of title to St Matthew’s entire Gospel. The promises God
made to Abraham for the salvation of mankind (Gen 12:3) are fulfilled in Jesus
Christ, as is Nathan’s prophecy to King David of an everlasting kingdom (2 Sam
7:12-16).

The genealogy presented here by St Matthew shows Jesus’ human ancestry
and also indicates that salvation history has reached its climax with the birth
of the Son of God through the working of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, true God
and true man, is the expected Messiah.

The genealogy is presented in a framework of three series, each consisting of
fourteen links which show the progressive development of salvation history.

For the Jews (and for other Eastern peoples of nomadic origin) genealogical
trees were of great importance because a person’s identity was especially
linked to family and tribe, with place of birth taking secondary importance. In
the case of the Jewish people there was the added religious significance of
belonging by blood to the chosen people.

In Christ’s time each family still kept a careful record of its genealogical tree,
since because of it people acquired rights and duties.

6. Four women are named in these genealogies—Tamar (cf. Gen 38; 1 Chron 2:4),
Rahab (cf. Josh 2:6,17), Bathsheba (cf. 2 Sam 11:12, 24) and Ruth (cf. Book of
Ruth). These four foreign women, who in one way or another are brought into the
history of Israel, are one sign among many others of God’s design to save all men.

By mentioning sinful people, God’s ways are shown to be different from man’s.
God will sometimes carry out his plan of salvation by means of people whose
conduct has not been just. God saves us, sanctifies us and chooses us to do
good despite our sins and infidelities—and he chose to leave evidence of this at
various stages in the history of our salvation.

11. The deportation to Babylon, described in 2 Kings 24-25, fulfilled the prophets’
warning to the people of Israel and their kings that they would be punished for
their infidelity to the commandments of the Law of God, especially the first
commandment.

16. Jewish genealogies followed the male line. Joseph, being Mary’s husband,
was the legal father of Jesus. The legal father is on a par with the real father as
regards rights and duties. This fact provides a sound basis for recognizing St
Joseph as Patron of the whole Church, since he was chosen to play a very
special role in God’s plan for our salvation; with St Joseph as his legal father,
Jesus the Messiah has David as his ancestor.

Since it was quite usual for people to marry within their clan, it can be concluded
that Mary belonged to the house of David. Several early Fathers of the Church
testify to this—for example, St Ignatius of Antioch, St Irenaeus, St Justin and
Tertullian, who base their testimony on an unbroken oral tradition.

It should also be pointed out that when St Matthew comes to speak of the birth
of Jesus, he uses an expression which is completely different from that used for
the other people in the genealogy. With these words the text positively teaches
that Mary conceived Jesus while still a virgin, without the intervention of man.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


27 posted on 12/17/2007 8:48:58 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Now prayers intensify and the O Antiphons are placed on the Jesse trhee.


28 posted on 12/17/2007 5:28:42 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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O WISDOM
December 17

Symbols: All-Seeing Eye and the Lamp

Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly, Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

The "all-seeing eye" represents the all-knowing and ever-present God. During the late Renaissance, the eye was pictured in a triangle with rays of light to represent the infinite holiness of the Trinity. The lamp is a symbol of wisdom taken from the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25.

Recommended Readings: Proverbs 8:1-12


29 posted on 12/17/2007 5:30:28 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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O LORD AND RULER
December 18

Symbols: The Tablets

Come and redeem us with outstretched arm.

O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with outstretched arm.

O Adonai, et dux domus Israël, qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

The tablets of stone are a picture of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai. They may be used to represent the whole of God's law, the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible, the Torah), or the entire Old Testament.

Recommended Readings: Micheas 5:1-9


30 posted on 12/18/2007 6:24:09 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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O ROOT OF JESSE
December 19

Symbols: Plant with Flower

Come to deliver us, and tarry not.

O Root of Jesse, who stands for an ensign of the people, before whom kings shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: Come to deliver us, and tarry not.

O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

The flower which springs up from the root of Jesse is another figure of Christ. Isaiah prophesied that the Savior would be born from the root of Jesse, that He would sit upon the throne of David, and in Christ this prophecy is fulfilled.

Recommended Readings: Isaias 11:1-12


31 posted on 12/19/2007 8:31:22 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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O KEY OF DAVID
December 20

Symbols: Key

Come, and bring forth the captive from his prison.

O Key of David, and Scepter of the House of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens; Come and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israël, qui aperis, et nemo claudit, claudis, et nemo aperuit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

The key is the emblem of authority and power. Christ is the Key of the House of David who opens to us the full meaning of the scriptural prophecies, and reopens for all mankind the gate of Heaven.

Recommended Readings: Isaias 22:22-25


32 posted on 12/20/2007 9:44:38 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Sorry I did not get this posted yesterday.

December 23 December 22 December 21 December 20 December 19 December 18 December 17
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O RADIANT DAWN
December 21

Symbols: Sun with Rays

Come, and shine on those seated in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

O Dawn, splendor of eternal light, and sun of justice, come, and shine on those seated in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

Just as the natural sun gives light and life to all upon whom its rays fall, so Christ, the Rising Dawn, dispels darkness and brings eternal life and light.

Recommended Readings: Malachias 4:2-6



33 posted on 12/22/2007 12:34:21 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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O KING OF THE GENTILES
December 22

Symbols: Crown and Scepter

Come, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth.

O King of the Gentiles and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one; Come, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth.

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

The crown and scepter signify Christ's universal kingship. As we sing in the fifth O Antiphon, Christ is not only the King of the Jewish nation, but the "Desired One of all," the cornerstone which unites both Jew and Gentile.

Recommended Readings: Apocalypse 15:1-4


34 posted on 12/22/2007 12:38:20 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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This month I've had a series of sermons on the genealogy of Jesus Christ:

"The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From Abraham to David" (Sermon on Matthew 1:1-6a)

"The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From David to the Deportation" (Sermon on Matthew 1:1, 6b-11)

"The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: From the Deportation to the Christ" (Sermon on Matthew 1:1, 12-17)

"You Shall Call His Name Jesus" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent), on Matthew 1:18-25

35 posted on 12/22/2007 12:39:57 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Lutheran pastor, LCMS)
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Those are great. Thank you.


36 posted on 12/23/2007 6:44:23 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Couldn't bring up the big display.

O Emmanuel (December 23) O Emmanuel (Isa 7: 14; 8: 8), our King and Lawgiver (Gen 49:10; cf. Ezek 21: 32), the Expected of the nations and their Savior (Isa 33: 22): Come, and save us, O Lord our God.

37 posted on 12/23/2007 6:45:12 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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O EMMANUEL
December 23

Symbols: Manger

Come to save us, O Lord our God.

O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: Come to save us, O Lord our God.

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.

The manger reminds us of the simplicity and poverty surrounding the birth of Jesus and is representative of His life of humility.

Recommended Readings: Isaias 9:2-7


38 posted on 12/23/2007 6:50:23 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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This is a wonderful activity to replace an Advent calendar if your family would like to do something different.

Consider it! Our priest did one several years ago in church and there was a lot of learning about why certain names and events were mentioned.

Have a prayerful and holy Advent.


39 posted on 12/01/2008 9:04:12 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/1030905/posts?page=40#40

Beautiful pictures — already in color on that thread.


40 posted on 12/01/2008 9:17:52 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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The "Star of David" -- which wasn't a popular symbol of Jewry until the 18th c. when it was adopted by the Rothschilds (though it was known before then in post-Temple Judaism and is found in a few synagogue decorations) -- is actually a hexagram with 6 points, 6 equilateral triangles, forming a 6-sided hexagon interiorly. It is the ancient star of Remphan (Moloch , Chiun, or Saturn) and Ashtoreth mentioned in Amos 5:26 and Acts 7, and one of the most powerful symbols used in Freemasonry,

No, actually. There is no six-pointed star used in any Freemason symbolism of which I am aware. Nor have I ever seen it depicted on anything in such a way. The closest you might come is to a radiant Sun beaming down on working Masons, but that is clearly an entirely different symbol.

41 posted on 12/01/2008 10:02:09 AM PST by BelegStrongbow (Sarah has That Vision Thing)
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Jesus wasn’t a crybaby just because he said “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me” Acts 9


42 posted on 12/01/2008 10:28:17 AM PST by RGPII
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You have the best posts. Thank you for taking the time to make them so beautiful. You're a treasure!
43 posted on 12/01/2008 11:35:56 AM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (The best thread on FreeRepublic is here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts)
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I found a great book at a local Catholic Bookstore. Each page was a beautiful illustration, with the information about the symbol on the back of it. You cut the symbols out, and laced a ribbon through the hole at the top, to hang them.

I went outside and cut a small tree with lots of branches, which were bare, since it was November. I put it in a pot and set it with Plaster of Paris. We used that tree for many years, for those Jesse Tree ornaments. In addition to the Jesse Tree, we always had the Advent Wreath, lighting the candles each Sunday at dinner, and an Advent Calender that had the little chocolates. The kids really liked those. ;o)

44 posted on 12/01/2008 10:52:31 PM PST by SuziQ
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I appreciate your feedback. Glad you stopped by. Check out the other Jesse tree thread in the daily readings. It has colored pictures that you can cut out for this activity. I’ll go get it and ping you.


45 posted on 12/01/2008 11:16:54 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1030905/posts?page=40#40


46 posted on 12/01/2008 11:20:01 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

47 posted on 12/11/2013 6:13:22 AM PST by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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Bookmarking for reference.


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