Catholic Activity: Jesse Tree, Day 21 — Blessed Virgin Mary
Symbols: Lily, Crown of Stars
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name, Emmanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
During Advent, on December 8, 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 Scripture Readings:
- Genesis 3:15
- Song of Songs 2:10-14
- Song of Songs 4:7
- Sirach 24:13-19
- Isaiah 7:14
- Matthew 1:18-25
- Luke 1:26-38
- Revelation 12
Selections from The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
- CCC 148 Mary—"Blessed is she who believed"
- CCC 484-511 Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit
- CCC 721-726 "Rejoice, you who are full of grace"
- CCC 963-975 Mother of the Church
- CCC 2617-2622 The prayer of the Virgin Mary
Printable PDF Jesse Tree guide: The Jesse Tree: Advent 2023
Activity Source: Original Text (JGM) by Jennifer Gregory Miller, © Copyright 2003-2023 by Jennifer Gregory Miller