Stole (vestment)

Stole (vestment)

The stole is a liturgical vestment of various Christian denominations. It consists of a band of colored cloth, formerly usually of silk, about seven and a half to nine feet long and three to four inches wide, whose ends may be straight or may broaden out. The center of the stole is worn around the back of the neck and the two ends hang down parallel to each other in front, either attached to each other or hanging loose. The stole is almost always decorated in some way, usually with a cross or some other significant religious design. It is often decorated with contrasting galloons (ornamental trim) and fringe is usually applied to the ends of the stole following Numbers 15:38-39. A piece of white linen or lace may be stitched onto the back of the collar as a sweat guard which can be replaced more cheaply than buying a new stole.

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... Monarch, although not in Holy Orders, is anointed with the oil of Chrism and invested with a stoleduring the Coronation ceremony ... This stole made of gold silk, is officially named the StoleRoyal or Armilla, and is one of the coronation robes kept overnight in the Jerusalem Chamber before the day ...

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