Monday, 16 December 2019
Christmas Eve ~ Tuesday, 24 December 2019
(No 6.00pm Mass)
Bag checks will be conducted
Christmas Day – Wednesday, 25 December 2019 (Day of Obligation)
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse. (Isaiah 11:1)
Have you ever seen a Jesse Tree? It’s an ancient Advent tradition consisting of a carving, painting, or stained-glass window—even an actual tree—that portrays the people, prophecies, and events leading up to the birth of the Messiah. Jesus is usually at the top. Many medieval Jesse Trees also included a depiction of Jesse himself lying at the base of the tree. That’s because the design comes from today’s first reading: a shoot sprouting “from the stump of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1).
Jesse was the father of King David and an ancestor of Jesus, so the branches of the Jesse Tree are meant to display Jesus’ rich and varied heritage. The Tree reminds us how faithful God was during the “long Advent” when his people waited for the Messiah. Each person and event represented on the tree depicts part of God’s plan to save his people. Prophets like Jeremiah and Isaiah often show up. So do David, Solomon, and other kings, as well as virtuous women like Ruth, Esther, and Susanna.
Even if you don’t decorate a Jesse Tree in your home, the ideas behind it can help you prepare for Christmas. During Advent, it’s traditional to review stories from the Old Testament that promise the coming of the Messiah. Stories of these ancestors of Jesus illustrate God’s commitment to his plan to save us. It’s a commitment that stretched from the very beginning, through thousands of years, right up to Christmas Day. It’s a commitment too that reaches even to the present.
Jesus’ birth has brought about something new and wonderful, and the Jesse Tree illustrates it: a salvation that is far more wide-reaching than we ever could have imagined.
Meditations 8 December 2019 ~ The Word Among Us
Slow down and find time for prayer this Advent. Come join us in an hour of prayer on the following Mondays in the chapel at 8.00 pm:
Every Wednesday, 8 pm - 9.30 pm in the Parish Hall.
Series on discovering the Catechism of the Catholic Church
All are welcome.
“ A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse ”
Ordination Date: 7 July 2001
Ordination Date: 25 February 1989
Ordination Date: 10 May 2014