Alpha and Omega

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download. Color .jpeg image for download.

Alpha and Omega Description

The alpha (Α) and the omega (Ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The Alpha and Omega (ΑΩ) is an early inscription, found in the Roman catacombs, signifying God's eternal being and reminding us of our limited understanding of a God who is without beginning or end. This God is the eternal One whom we worship and praise as we gather together.

Scripture References

  • Isaiah 44:6
  • Revelation 1:8
  • Psalm 86:8-10

Occasions for Use

  • Opening of Worship 
  • Confession and Assurance
  • Proclaiming the Word
  • Profession of Faith and Remembrance of Baptism
  • Closing of Worship
  • Creation
  • all seasons (especially Advent and Easter)
  • Weddings

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."

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