O Chrismon Tree! O Chrismon Tree!

Many churches decorate a Chrismon tree during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Chrismon (literally, Christ’s monogram) tree is decorated with symbols of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. As we recall his birth, the tree stands as a remembrance to his overall life. Either an evergreen tree or a bare-branched tree may be used.

The tree is also a recurring symbol throughout the Scriptures: Eden’s tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Golgotha’s crucifixion tree, and Revelation’s tree of Life.

If your congregation feels comfortable participating in this tradition, it is a wonderful way to involve creative children and adults in your church. They can make the ornaments in the shape of stars, for instance, and decorate each with a symbol. (I have included some suggestions to get you started.)

A couple of available resources are: Chrismons: They Point To Jesus (Diane Gibson, CSS Publishing), and the Chrismons series of books (Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 314 W. Main Street, Danville, VA 24541).

 
Pamela Stewart is a lyricist and librettist with over 200 published works.
In 2000, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure commissioned her to write a song cycle for chorus and symphony. Twice performed at Carnegie Hall, Sing for the Cure made its European premiere at Royal Festival Hall in London in 2010 and was recorded with Dr. Maya Angelou as narrator. In 2013, her song cycle for piano, solo violin, and men’s chorus entitled Tyler’s Suite debuted, benefitting the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Collaborating composers were John Bucchino, Craig Carnelia, John Corigliano, Nolan Gasser, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jake Heggie, Lance Horne, and Stephen Schwartz. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the grant for the Suite’s recording. Her choral pieces have received both Editor’s Choice and Merit Series awards from top choral music distributors, and have been honored by Creator Magazine’s “Select 20.” Ms. Stewart lives in Austin, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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