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Catholic Prayer: Jesse Tree Prayer Service

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Description:

A suggested prayer service to use for the Jesse Tree throughout Advent, corresponding with Catholic Culture's Jesse Tree.

Prayer:

Gather around the Jesse Tree for prayer. Read the Bible selection for the day's symbol, then hang the ornament on the Tree.

Read the prayer for the current week of Advent. (During the time of December 17-23, the "O" Antiphons takes the place of the Advent prayer, or can be used in addition.)

There can be further Scripture reading or a little discussion about the significance of this Jesse Tree figure.

Pause for silent prayer.

Close the service with a familiar Advent hymn.

Jesse Tree Scriptures

The following is the list of the Catholic Culture's Jesse Tree, with a short Scripture that can be read, or longer passages in the second column.

Day Jesse Tree Person or Symbol, Page Link Short Scripture Pass Longer Scripture Readings
Day 1
(Nov. 28)
Creation Genesis 1:1-4 Genesis 1-2
Day 2
(Nov. 29)
Adam and Eve Genesis 2:26-28 Genesis 2:7-9; 18-24
Day 3
(Nov. 30)
Fall of Man Genesis 3:19 Genesis 3:1-7, 9, 14-29, 23-24
Day 4
(Dec. 1)
Noah Genesis 9:1, 12-13 Genesis 6:5-8; 7:11-16; 8:15-16; 9:12-13
Day 5
(Dec. 2)
Abraham Genesis 17:4-5 Genesis 12:2-3; 17:4-6
Day 6
(Dec. 3)
Melchizedek Psalm 110:4 Genesis 14:17-20; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-6; 7:1-28
Day 7
(Dec. 4)
Isaac Genesis 22:12 Genesis 22:1-19; 26:1-5
Day 8
(Dec. 5)
Jacob Genesis 28:12-13 Gen. 25:19-34; 27:1-40; 28:10-22; 32:23-33
Day 9
(Dec. 6)
Joseph Genesis 37:3-4 Genesis 37:3-4, 12-24, 28; 45:3-13
Day 10
(Dec. 7)
Moses Exodus 3:14-15 Exodus 2:1-10, 2: 23-25--3:1-20; Exodus 31:16-18
Day 11
(Dec. 8)
Joshua Joshua 6:20 Joshua 6:1-20
Day 12
(Dec. 9)
Samuel 1 Samuel 3:9b-10 1 Samuel 1:9-28; 3:1-21; 16:1-13
Day 13
(Dec.10)
Ruth Ruth 1:16 Ruth 1:1-10, 16-19; 2:1-17; 4:10, 17, 22
Day 14
(Dec. 11)
Jesse 1 Samuel 16:11-12 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 18-22; Isaiah 11:1
Day 15
(Dec.12)
David 1 Samuel 16:13 1 Samuel 11:1-17; 17:12-51; 2 Samuel 5:3-4; 12:1-7;
Day 16
(Dec. 13)
Solomon 1 Kings 3:10-14 1 Kings 3:5-14, 16-28; 5:1-15; 8:14-21; 10:1-13
Day 17
(Dec. 14)
Elijah 1 Kings 19:11-13a 1 Kings 17:2-6; 17:9-24; 18; 17-18:21-39; 19:11-13; 2 Kings 2:1, 8-14; Matthew 17:1-13
Day 18
(Dec. 15)
Jonah Jonah 2:1-2 Jonah 1:11-15; 2:1-16; 3:1-16; Matthew 12:39-41; Matthew 16:4; Luke 11:29-31
Day 19
(Dec.16)
Micah Micah 5:1 Micah 5:1-4a; Matthew 2:1-12
Day 20
(Dec. 17)
Judith Judith 13:4-5 Judith 13:1-28
Day 21
(Dec. 18)
Daniel Daniel 6:25-28 Daniel 1, 2, 4, 6, 13, 14
Day 22
(Dec. 19)
Isaiah Isaiah 6:6-8; Isaiah 7:1; Isaiah 9:5-6 Isaiah 6:5-8; 7:1; 7:14; 40:10-11; 62:1-3
Day 23
(Dec. 20)
Zachariah or Zachary or Zechariah Luke 2:76 Luke 1:5-25; 57-80
Day 24
(Dec. 21)
Elizabeth Luke 1:42-45 Luke 1:36, 39-57
Day 25
(Dec. 22)
St. Joseph Matthew 1:18-21

Matthew 1:1-17; Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 2:22-38; Matthew 2:13-15; Matthew 2:19-23; Luke 2:41-52

Day 26
(Dec. 23)
Mary Luke 1:38, Isaiah 7:14 Genesis 3:15; Song 4:7; Sirach 24:20-21; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Revelation 12
Day 27
(Dec. 24)
St. John the Baptist Mark 1:6-8, Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:1-12; Matthew 11:2-15; Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; John 1:8

On December 17, the Church begins to intensify the preparation for Christmas with the use of the "O" Antiphons during the Liturgy of the Hours. The symbols for the Jesse Tree from December 17 to 23 are based on the "O" Antiphons.

December 17
Jesus is Wisdom: Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus in old Bibles) 24:2; Wisdom 8:1

December 18
Jesus is Lord: Ex. 3:2; 20:1

December 19
Jesus is Flower of Jesse: Isaiah 11:1-3

December 20
Jesus is Key of David: Isaiah 22:22

December 21
Jesus is the Radiant Dawn: Psalm 19:6-7 (in older Bibles this will be Psalm 18)

December 22
Jesus is King of the Gentiles: Psalm 2:7-8; Ephesians 2:14-20

December 23
Jesus is Emmanuel: Isaiah 7:14; 33:22

December 24
Jesus is Light of the World: John 1:1-14

JESSE TREE PRAYERS

FIRST WEEK: Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SECOND WEEK: Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THIRD WEEK O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord's Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOURTH WEEK: Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE "O" ANTIPHONS

December 17: O Wisdom, You come out of the mouth of the Most High. You reach from one end of the earth to the other, and keep all thinqs in order by Your power and Your kindness: come and teach us prudence.

December 18: O Lord and Leader of Israel, You appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the Law on Mt. Sinai: come with outstretched arms and redeem us.

December 19: O Flower of Jesse, You are a sign for all the people of God's love for us. Kings keep silence before You and Gentiles pray to you: come to deliver us quickly.

December 20: O Key of David and Scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no man can close, You close and no man can open: come and rescue us who are the prisoners of darkness and death.

December 21: O Radiant Dawn, brightness of light eternal and Sun of Justice: come and enlighten us who sit in the darkness of sin and the shadow of death.

December 22: O King of the Gentiles, You are the one who is desired by all people. You are the capstone that makes both Israel and the Gentiles one: come and deliver us, the race You formed from the dust of the earth.

December 23: O Emmanuel, our King and lawqiver, You are the expected one of all nations and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.

December 24: PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS EVE:
O God, You fill us with happiness each year as we wait for our celebration of Christmas. May we also joyfully look forward to the coming of Jesus as our final Judge. We ask this of You through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

AN ADVENT HYMN

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel "

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel! Shall come to thee, O Israel!

2. O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, Who ordrest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, And teach us in her ways to go. — Refrain

3. O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heav'nly home; Make safe the way that leads to thee, And close the path to misery. — Refrain

4. O come, Desire of Nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid thou our sad divisions cease, And be thyself our King of Peace. — Refrain