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Jesse Tree Blessed

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Items ready to go on the Advent Tree

 As in previous years, St Mary’s Priory Church will feature a number of trees over the festive season, the first of which— the Jesse Tree— was blessed at All Age Eucharist on the first Sunday of Advent.

The Jesse Tree takes its name from a passage in the book of the prophet Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, a branch out of his roots.” It is, in short and simple terms, the family tree of Jesus illustrating his descent from Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of David.

In the New Testament the lineage of Jesus is illustrated by two of the Gospel writers: Matthew and Luke. Luke describes the ‘generations of Christ’, beginning with Jesus and tracing backwards through his ‘earthly father’ Joseph all the way to Adam. Matthew opens with the words, ‘The genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. (1:1). Jesus is explicitly represented as being from God’s holy people.

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Each week the symbols of this genealogy are added to the tree in St Mary’s. All of the following figures / events are incorporated:

The Creation of the World, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Samuel, David, Elijah, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Habbakuk, Nehemiah, Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph, Jesus. Jesse

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