Jesse Tree Decorations

Year 7 students have been working extremely hard making Jesse Tree Decorations for Advent

Our Catholic Faith: The Jesse tree helps us connect the custom of making decorations to the events leading to Jesus' birth

This week, as part of our Advent season and the “Who is Jesus” unit of work in RE, Year 7 have been working extremely hard making Jesse Tree Decorations. The idea of a Jesse Tree dates back to the middle ages and came from Europe. Some of the ancient cathedrals have Jesse Tree designs in their stained glass windows. The "tree" is usually a branch or sapling and is decorated with various symbols that remind us of the purpose and promises of God from Creation to the Birth of Jesus Christ. Jesse was the father of King David and God promised David that his Kingdom would last forever.

“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 spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord.”
— Isaiah 11:1-2

Each Jesse Tree ornament usually consists of a handmade symbol or drawing that represents one of the major stories of the Old Testament along with a brief verse of Scripture from that story.


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