This narrative stole takes its inspiration from Isaiah 58. “Is not this the fast that I choose, to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked to cover them …. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing spring up quickly … Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am …. You shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of war, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.” In this stole, the dawn breaks through, transforming the shadowed, broken, and oppressed on the left-hand side of the stole to the vibrant, rebuilt and renewed right-hand side. The clergy wearing the stole stands in the breach between the two, as an instrument of God’s healing. This stole is appropriate for any season, but with significant amounts of green is particularly appropriate for Ordinary time or whenever Isaiah 58 is preached. Material: cotton.
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