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Catholic Activity: Jesse Tree, Option 1 - The Annunciation



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Symbols: lily; fleur de lis; book; Angel

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. (Galatians 4:4)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-5, 14)

Of Jesse's lineage was the Virgin Mary. Into her chamber came the Spirit of the Most High.

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

The lily is a symbol of Our Lady's purity, though becoming a mother she remained a virgin.

(The Annunciation is one option to insert in the Jesse Tree and replace another figure. See also Option 2, The Visitation.)


Recommended Readings:

  • Luke 1:26-38
  • Song of Songs 4:7
  • Song of Songs 2:10-14
  • Sirach 24:13-19
  • Isaiah 7:14
  • Ephesians 1:9-10
  • Galatians 4:4
  • John 1:1-14
  • Revelation 12

Selections from The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • CCC 333 The Angels in the Life of the Incarnate Word
  • CCC 430-435 The Name Jesus
  • CCC 461-463 The Incarnation
  • CCC 470-483 How Is the Son of God Man?
  • CCC 484-486 Conceived by the Holy Spirit
  • CCC 487-511 Born of the Virgin Mary
  • CCC 965, 969-970 Mary's Motherhood with Regard to the Church
  • CCC 2603, 2617-2622 Prayer in the Fullness of Time
  • CCC 2673-2679 Way of Prayer—In communion with the holy Mother of God

Jesse Tree Overview
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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