Clergy Stole for Advent
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"Walking With The Light"
As its title implies, this straightforward design attempts to capture the wonder, movement and light of our walk- our journey- through the season of Advent. "(During Advent) I see all our paths converging" * says Nora Gallagher in her account of a church year lived in faith. Advent is a new beginning, the start of the church year. It is a time when we do come together as communities of faith to prepare the way for the coming of the Son of God. And the reason that we are walking together with the light is because we must journey together in a relationship with God toward the light of Christ. It is not enough that we celebrate the birth of our Savior. For if we do not take this journey toward the birth together, we miss seeing God in the faces and lives of those around us.
This is what is present to us, today. If we shine light on the stories of the prophets-from Moses to John the Baptist-, if we illuminate the New Testament accounts of a pregnant, unwed, teenager who rejoices at the coming of a child of God within her, if we light the candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love and reflect on the world around us, if we look for signs of new life in the lives around us, and if we prepare our minds for the celebration of Christ's birth (and ultimately, his death) we will surely find a path that lies straight in front of us.
In this design you will see the four Advent candles, the pink one illustrates Joy. They keep the darkness at bay. And in the center of the design; the light, the focus of our Advent journey, the light of Christ. The basis of the stole is blue, now the most commonly used colour for Advent, but there is some purple in the design to tie in with other purple Advent antependia and such.
This design inspired by Nora Gallagher's book, "Things Seen And Unseen".