Wednesday, November 02, 2005
(Kiss the cross at the center of the stole. Priests cross in the middle). Restore to me, O Lord, the state of immortality which was lost to me by my first parents, and although unworthy to approach Thy sacred mysteries, grant me nevertheless eternal joy. (As a sign of his full priestly powers the bishop does not cross the stole in front.)
(Kiss the cross at the center of the stole). You said, 'My yoke is easy and my burden is light,' grant that I might bear your blessing to all the world.
So, there you have that. The discussion with my theology professor led to a side discussion about how she wishes we would bring back the maniple! Furthermore, she wishes we would be able to do an Anglican Missal service at school one day! As excited as I was to hear that, I told her I already tried to get that approved but the head liturgist said, "I would prefer we stick to the authorized liturgical texts." Then, my prof. and I hatched a plan involving a "Rite III" service that used the Anglican Missal texts as its text...hmmm...
Only one? None for me?
Where I come from, two is almost always better than one. Maybe if there's two other professors who ask with me it will make my request more credible...
The straight stole also derived for practical reasons. In times of old part of the Bishop's required garb was the pectoral cross (still very common). And in order that the cross be visible, he would not cross his stole. Or at least that is what I remember reading in a few places. You must remember that this was in the days before the cassock alb had made it's debute and the alb was seen as an undergarment for either cope or chasuble.
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