- Clerical Stole for Christmas, Easter and Communion
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"Alpha and Omega"
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.... Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that was made." In other words, I am there in the beginning, and I am there in the end: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, who was, who is and who is to come." It really is that simple and beautifully so.
There is much history, much dramatic story, much complexity and much meaning behind all the events which happen at Easter, Christmas and the event that connects the two: Holy Communion. But basically when all is stripped down we have a celebration for God in our lives. Christmas is our celebration of God with us, as a babe, born into the world. Easter is our celebration of God with us for eternity. We rejoice and dance at Easter because the Christ who died for us lives. We shout for joy and come together like a family at a new birth at Christmas because of Easter. Each is a beginning and an end.
So must God be in our lives. Our beginning and our end. Where we start and seek and where we rest and end.
Jesus taught us to celebrate these events through the Sacrament of Communion. This is an active way we can participate in the forgiving love of God for us more often than Easter and Christmas. It is right and meet to do so.
Artistically speaking, this design of course illustrates for us the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet: the alpha and the omega. The interior of the omega along with the curved lines of the light remind us of the open tomb and our risen Christ. The cross and the star are combined to become a symbol of Christ's birth and death. The bottom of the cross becomes one with the cup; the cup of our salvation. And you will also see wheat, the symbol of the body of Christ, broken for us. The feeling of the design is that of a sun rising and of new life. It is the symbols in it that make it so.