Day 1: Advent Wreath


Advent Wreath

By Susan Ceely Philips

Advent’s wreath is a symbol

of the Alpha and Omega of Life.

The circle never ends, but moves on

through our joy and through our strife.

The days begin in ignorance

of the dramatic change that’s to come,

With clues unfolding gradually

as to which of “God’s Will” will be done.

Angels appear in visions

to assign roles to the primary players

And, with each passing day, we come to see

a story revealed in layers.

One ‘event’ leads to another,

but all are intertwined,

Carrying us on to a climax

that begins the growth of the vine.

It’s the end of the world as we’ve known it,

But we’ve also begun anew.

The Alpha and Omega roll along

in the form of a wreath that’s imbued

With the grace and comfort and Hosannah!

that Advent seeks to portend,

Carrying us forward and surrounding us

like the arms of a compassionate friend.


Published by marblewomen A group of women from Marble Collegiate Church who come together to be inspired and nurtured in our spiritual growth and to be supported through the challenges of life. Our activities include spiritually-oriented programs, small groups, community involvement, social and recreational events and our annual retreat.

2 thoughts on “Day 1: Advent Wreath

  1. Blessings and love to all at Marble Church and thereabouts from a fan ( of the above poet and your choir) in ATL. Happy day today and throughout advent

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