The Jesse Tree dates back to the middle ages and came from Europe. Even some ancient cathedrals have Jesse Tree designs in their stained glass windows. The "tree" is usually a branch or sapling and is decorated with various symbols that remind us of the purpose and promises of God from Creation to the Birth of Jesus Christ.
Jesse was the father of King David and God promised David that his Kingdom would last forever. Two centuries after the death of King David, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2)
Jesse Tree Prayers
O Lord, stir up Your power and come, that we may be rescued from the results of our sins by Your holy protection Come and free us from sin. We ask this of you through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, stir up our hearts to make them ready for the coming of Your Son. Help us to become worthy to serve You. Give us pure hearts and minds. We ask this of You through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, we beg You to listen to our prayers. Give us the light of Your grace, that we may see goodness in the world and not be overcome by the darkness of sin. We ask this of You through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, stir up Your power and come to us. We need You to give us strength, qrace and forgiveness. Our sins keep much good from us. May Your grace and your strength help us to receive the good we need. We ask this of You through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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