July 31, 2015
This summer the General Convention of the Episcopal Church amended Canon 18, its Marriage Canon, to define Marriage as between two people, in keeping with the earlier decision of the United States Supreme Court. Except in a handful of Dioceses where Diocesan Bishops will be allowed to dissent as long as they are in office, Marriage Equality is now a reality in the Episcopal Church.
To mark this equality milestone in the life of the Church, Ephods & Pomegranates is producing our “Canon 18 Tartan Stole.”
The first one is still on the loom, and has already been sold.
The many colors of the rainbow make for a very labor-intensive product, but we are keeping the price as low as possible, so many clergy will be able to afford one.
Purple and Black represent the Penitence, Passion and Death of the Lenten journey.
Green is for life, which is what it is all for, and the greening of the world about us in springtime. (The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon Lencten, or Lengthen, because Spring is the time of the lengthening of days, and the appearance of new, green life.)
Gold is for the Resurrection, the promise of which is always present at the Core of it all.
Why “Holistic”? Because there is more to Lent than just, well, Lent. Lent takes place within the full context of the story of Salvation. These colors in the warp lie beneath a weft of much lighter Purple, or Lavender, to remind us that even in Lent the joy of the Good News brightens our hearts and lightens our path. To remind us that God brings wholeness out of our brokenness, the weave pattern is called Broken Twill.
But why weave a Lenten stole in the middle of July, with nearly a year to go before lent rolls around again? Sometimes the most important thing in weaving is practicality. Remember a while back when we had to remove and rewind the warp for the Morgan’s Steep Tartan scarf? (It was finally completely a bit ago – see an earlier post.) The warp suffered a good bit of damage in the process and yielded only one scarf. This is a remnant of that warp, minus 12 threads on both sides that broken in the process. What to so with a stole-width warp? Weave a stole!
But this is more than only a Lenten stole. With the warp colors for our Morgan’s Steep Tartan, and the added purple, it is manifestly a Sewanee Stole, suitable for use by any Sewanee-grad cleric at any time of the year.
This one SOLD immediately, but we’ll take orders for more.