Ready, set, pray!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
There is a custom of hanging symbolic ornaments on a small tree, or vine, during Advent – homemade ornaments that represented Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus. This "family tree", is set up during the days of Advent and is called the Jesse Tree, after King David's father.
"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots." Says the prophet Isaiah [Isaiah 11:1]
This "shoot" is a sign and promise of new hope and new life in difficult times. The Jesse Tree became a way to talk about the coming of the expected Messiah. This passage in Isaiah predicts the birth of Jesus, who was a descendent of King David.
May Christ our Saviour bring joy to our families,
And to us, as we wait for His coming.
We conclude with our Advent Prayer:
God's hope to direct me.
God's love to surround me.
God's joy to warm me.
God's peace to comfort me.
Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience,
Let us joyously shoot out into our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.