Advent reminds us that we live between the times of Christʼs first and second comings and that we must live by faith in Christ and as faithful stewards of the grace he has entrusted to us as we wait for his return.
During the season of Advent biblical symbols are gradually added to the tree, symbols that tell the story of God’s redemptive plan for the world and reveal the strong ties between the Old and New Testaments.
The idea for this “family tree” comes from Isaiah’s prophecy:
A shoot will come up from the stump of
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
(ornaments and guide courtesy of Ann at A Holy Experience)
O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of
your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive
him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him
when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.