Weaving of the Cloth

Weaving of the clothThis poem, written by Nicola Slee, echoes ALTERnativity's collaborative, creative approach to celebrating Christmas in churches.


Weaving of the cloth: an Advent Canticle

We are making a cloth for Christ’s cradle:
we are weaving a covering for the child to be born.


We are working onto this cloth
the words of our conversations,
the silences of our sleeping,
the wordlessness of our praying,
the music of our singing.

We are bringing the strands of our many rivalries, jealousies and hurtings.
We are offering the tautness of our anxiety, exhaustion and overburdenedness.
We are relinquishing the threads of our pettiness, obsessions and prejudices.
We are confessing the tangles of our confusions, inadequacies and misunderstandings.

We are making a cloth for Christ’s cradle:

we are weaving a covering for the child to be born.

We are bringing exotic silks and rich brocades.
We are bringing simple cottons and rough hessians.
We are offering rich man’s garb and poor child’s tatters.
We are offering the privileged woman’s robes and the destitute baby’s rags.

We are weaving the strong threads and the fragile threads.
We are braiding the dark strands and the bright strands.
We are knitting together the tough and the tender.
We are working the painful and the joyful.

We are making a cloth for Christ’s cradle:

we are weaving a covering for the child to be born.

We are working these strands into one cloth;
a cloth fit for a newborn,
a covering fashioned for a child of our flesh,
an offering to God who is our kith and kin.

We are making a cloth for Christ’s cradle:
we are weaving a covering for the child to be born.

Weaving of the cloth from Praying like a Woman by Nicola Slee, reproduced with permission.

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