Ordination Stoles

Church News | Sunday, 24 September 2017 |

By Joan

Philip's stole on the left -Diana's to the right.

Philip's stole on the left -Diana's to the right.

Ordination Stoles for Philip Howlett and Diana Garfield. In what is now becoming a tradition, ordination stoles were made for Philip and Diana and presented to them on Sunday 24th September, prior to their ordination at the Cathedral on 30th October.

They were designed and made by church members and are shown in the pictures attached.

Philip’s stole motif was designed by Sheila Hasler and is full of symbolism: The cross of Christ wrapped round by the chain of St Leonard, patron saint of prisoners and embellished by pearls of wisdom. Fleur de lys represent St Mary and the cross stands on a field of broom with water symbolising baptism in the form of the three rivers of Chelmsford, the Chelmer, the Wid and the Can. Embroidered by Ros Mercer, the stole was made and finally embellished by Joan Vine.

The design on Diana’s stole is based, at her request, on the Mothers Union banner, which her mother, Daphne Gilbert, was instrumental in having made. Diana found from her late mother’s papers that the Madonna lilies in front of the Church’s round tower were based on the lily motif on the right of the reredos behind the altar, part of Frederick Chancellor’s grand design for the restored church in 1893. The stole was also made by Ros and Joan. Article by Ros Mercer, pictures by Joan Vine

Madonna lilies

Madonna lilies



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