Fibonacci Rainbow Stoles


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Will has just produced a series of three Rainbow Clergy Stoles, great for any celebration, but especially for celebrations of equality.  There are three stoles, one each with a weft of silver, red, or green.

The warps for each stole is black, gold, green, purple, blue, and red, in the Fibonacci Sequence of 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21.  A slender gold thread in the center signifies the Golden Mean.

These are hefty stoles – definitely not for the timid!  They measure about 8′ long x 6″ wide, and are made from 100% mercerized cotton. They are the only three of their kind that will be produced here at Ephods & Pomegranates.

Price:  $125.00

Special discount in June for students in the Sewanee summer advanced degree programs.


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Interfaith Celebrant’s Stoles

In time for Summer Solstice, Will is producing several “Celebrant’s Stoles” appropriate for all spiritual traditions, from Animist to Zoroastrian. They are especially appropriate for those who celebrate the sacredness of the Solstice.  Their rainbow design also makes them especially appropriate as Marriage Equality Stoles, and their use of the Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Mean make them meaningful for all Gnostic traditions, including Christian.

These stoles are 8′ long (plus two 3″ fringes) by about 6″ wide – a substantial stole in brilliant colors to make a substantial point.  The warp threads are black, gold, red, green, purple, blue, gold, and red – in the Fibonacci Numbers Sequence of 1,1,2,3,5,8,13, 21.  The extra golden thread in the center is emblematic of the Golden Mean (see below.)  The two shown above have wefts of white, and red.  There will be two more stoles in other colors.

Each or these stoles is unique, one-of-a-kind, and will not be duplicated.  They are woven from 100% mercerized cotton, and are gently washable.

Price:  $110.00 (plus shipping)

Order now through the website, in time for Summer Solstice.

The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean

The mathematics of the golden ratio and of the Fibonacci sequence are intimately interconnected. The Fibonacci sequence is:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, ….

The closed-form expression for the Fibonacci sequence involves the golden ratio:

F\left(n\right) = {{\varphi^n-(1-\varphi)^n} \over {\sqrt 5}} = {{\varphi^n-(-\varphi)^{-n}} \over {\sqrt 5}}.

A Fibonacci spiral which approximates the golden spiral, using Fibonacci sequence square sizes up to 34.

The golden ratio is the limit of the ratios of successive terms of the Fibonacci sequence (or any Fibonacci-like sequence), as originally shown by Kepler:[20]


Therefore, if a Fibonacci number is divided by its immediate predecessor in the sequence, the quotient approximates φ; e.g., 987/610  1.6180327868852. These approximations are alternately lower and higher than φ, and converge on φ as the Fibonacci numbers increase.

The Golden Mean (1.6180327868852…..) is a key component of Sacred Geometry, significant in many spiritual traditions as the expression of meaning in the Universe.

Now available in this limited number of Fibonacci Rainbow Celebrant’s Stoles.

~ Will Melnyk




Two New Personal Prayer Stoles from Will

“Resurrection”                                      “Iona”

Personal Prayer Stoles are a wonderful way to wrap your personal sacred space around you wherever you are.  Not jut for clergy!

“Resurrection” – The gold, green and purple colors of resurrection and spring.  100% mercerized cotton.  About 64″ x 4.5″  Price:  $35.00  Order in our Etsy Shop

“Iona” – Reminiscent of the green grass and purple heather of the West End Hills on the Holy Isle of Iona.  Made from the same Acrylic Homespun yarn as our popular Iona Shawls.  About 74″ x 5″.   Price: $50.oo       Order in our Etsy Shop

Two Personal Prayer Stoles


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I have two Personal Prayer Stoles currently available – they are about 62″ v 4.25″, made of mercerized cotton.  They are for everyone – not just clergy, and a wonderful way to wrap your own sacred space around you for prayer, wherever you are.

Price:  $35.00 each plus $7.50 shipping in the U.S.

(Custom Orders are Available)

Left:  “Nashotah”                                  Right: “De Colores”

De Colores Prayer Stoles


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De Colores CardA great variation on our Personal Prayer Stole is the

De Colores Prayer Stole for Cursillistas, Spiritual Directors,
and Clergy supporting the Cursillo Movement in the Churches!

Like all our Personal Prayer Stoles, these are about 60″ long by 4.25″ wide. They are small enough not to be confused with a clergy stole, and to be portable enough to carry along and create a personal prayer space wherever you are. Special De Colores Prayer Card (show at left) included.

These make great gifts for new Cursillistas and Old Timers alike!

$35.00 plus shipping.

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“Seminarian” Prayer Stoles


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Prayer StolesOur Personal Prayer Stoles are not just for Seminarians, and certainly not just for Clergy. 

They are a personal prayer garment for anyone who likes to create a sanctified personal prayer space – one they can take with them wherever they go.  But because the design is so versatile, we’ve decided to offer the idea of “Seminarian” Prayer Stoles – not because Seminarians are more likely to be devout, but because we know from experience that Seminarians are frequently in need of prayer!

Our personal prayer stoles are about 60″ long by 4.25″ wide: small enough that they cannot be confused with a standard clergy Eucharistic stole, and can be quite portable – useful wherever you wish to pause for prayer.  They are a smaller and less expensive version of our larger prayer shawls.  They can be ordered in custom colors.  Our “Seminarian” line, shown here, is certainly “unofficial,”  not endorsed by any of the seminaries.  But we have chosen colors suggested by each of the seminary seals.  The association with any educational institution is ours alone, but you might like to have a Seminarian Prayer Stole whose colors suggest your school:

New Semninary Stole

1 – VTS                  2 – CDSP               3 – Berkeley        4 – General         5 – SSW          6 – EDS

7 – Bexley            8 – Seabury        9 – Trinity           10 – Nashota      11 –  Sewanee

CORRECTION: Nashotah (no. 10) should be Gold, Blue, and Red.  We’ll correct the picture soon.


Of course the Prayer Stoles above are not restricted to students or alumni of the various seminaries!  If you see one you like, go ahead and order it.

And many folks are already using our Prayer Stoles in colors of their own choosing.  Here are some:

To Order, contact us at 610-357-6813, or

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St. Brendan Altar Cloth & Scarf


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This Saint Brendan of the Ninth Wave altar cloth and celebrant’s scarf was woven by Will for use at home with our Eucharist Service from the Saint Brendan’s Missal.  (Unfortunately, the purple in the design came out blue in the photos, but you can imagine!)  Sometimes we actually weave things for ourselves!

New Sewanee Dress Scarves


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Just off the loom – 2 new Sewanee purple dress scarves for women or men.  6″ x 62″, mercerized cotton, in Pebble Tweed or Herringbone Tweed.  $45.00 each.  By Will.

Herringbone                                               Pebble

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