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Catholic Activity: Jesse Tree, Day 17 — Isaiah



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Symbols: Burning Coal, scroll, tree stump

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it. “See,” he said, “now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged." Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!” (Isaiah 6:6-8)

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. (Isaiah 7:1)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful-Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:5-6)

Isaiah's lips were impure from sin, and he realized this imperfection. Yet, he trusted the Lord to purify him. One of the seraphim, in a symbolic action, took a coal from the altar and touched his lips to cleanse them. Isaiah became a great prophet for the Lord, proclaiming the coming of a Messiah that would be a king, but also a suffering servant.

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s one of the major figures or voices in the liturgy during the Advent season, with numerous prophecies regarding the coming of the Messiah.


Recommended Scripture Readings:

  • Isaiah 6:5-8
  • Isaiah 7:1
  • Isaiah 7:14
  • Isaiah 11:1-3a
  • Isaiah 11:6-9
  • Isaiah 40:3-5
  • Isaiah 40:10-11
  • Isaiah 60: 3-9, 40:5
  • Isaiah 62:1-3

Selections from The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • CCC 208 God Reveals His Name
  • CCC 497 Born of the Virgin Mary
  • CCC 601 Suffering Servant
  • CCC 711-716 Expectation of the Messiah and his Spirit
  • CCC 1063 The Hope of New Heaven and a New Earth
  • CCC 1502 The sick person before God

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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