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|On the four Sundays of Advent, the LCH Children invite the entire congregation to their presentation of the Jesse Tree in the nave between morning worship services.||
Sometimes called the Root of Jesse or radix Jesse in Latin, the Jesse Tree is a visual representation of Jesus’ genealogy dating back to Jesse, the father of David. The Jesse Tree is found in the writings of Church Fathers, Latin hymns, and in visual arts—especially during the 12th to 16th centuries.
The Children of LCH present their own version of the Jesse Tree, based on Jesse Tree: Advent Song and Paraliturgies for Children by Dennis J. Newman (Chicago: GIA Publications, 2001). The presentation was begun by Vicki Gorman and is now led by Teresa McCreary, with help from all the Sunday School teachers.For Advent 2009, the children introduced a new Jesse Tree, crafted of wood by Randy Castello.
(Click on any of the symbols on the Jesse Tree to go to the entry on the Study Guide.)
Each week’s presentation is divided into segments referring to key figures in the genealogy. Each segment begins with one child who introduces the character by describing key events in their life and relating those events to our lives today.
During this presentation, one of the younger children hangs the individual’s symbol on the tree.
Then all the children sing the verse about that individual from the Jesse Tree song, with the congregation joining in the chorus.
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