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Stoles

"Elijah's mantle o'er Elisha cast."

Clergy stoles, said by some to symbolize the yoke of Christ, are the most recognized and common sign of ordination. Dating from the 4th century in the Eastern Church and from the sixth century in the West, their use waned among Protestants at the Reformation but waxed in the nineteenth century. In the West, bishops stoles are generally worn straight, presbyters crossed in front and deacons worn diagonally over the left shoulder and secured at the waist on the right side.