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Advent Daytime Retreat: The Art of the Jesse Tree 

December 5, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Begin your Advent Retreat Day with our 12:05 Mass. The presentation and prayer will take place in the Center from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.


Along with the Advent wreath and Advent calendar, the Jesse Tree is a popular tradition of the season in which we prepare for the birth of Jesus. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Jesse Tree is a representation of the ancestors of Jesus, taking its name from the prophecy of Isaiah (11:1): “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” 

Join us for an afternoon in early Advent as we explore the various ways in which the Jesse Tree has been pictured from the Middle Ages to the present day in illuminated manuscripts, stained glass windows, painting, and sculpture. Afterwards, we will create our own Jesse Tree with specially designed “ornaments” representing the men and women who figured prominently in the history of ancient Israel, leading to Joseph and Mary and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Presenter: Fr. Tim Shreenan, O.F.M. 

Suggested Offering: 

$20.00 for presentation