The stole is of linen union in 'natural' white. Linen union has a linen warp and a cotton weft. The embroidery is worked in silk and gold. This combination of natural materials complete the stole, just as Christ is essential to complete the human condition. This stole will be used at celebratory times when people are praising God and thanking Him for making us complete in Him. There are several design elements that go into this stole, all of which reflect the interests of the wearer.
The vertical lines of the design represent a music stave. The notes in the lower quadrant are found in the second bar of the chorus of the Dream of Gerontius – tenor line on the left hand side and soprano on the right hand side.
Once the crowd realised that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into their boats and went to Capernaum in search of him.
In spiritual terms, water represents the Holy Spirit. John 4 vs.14 "The water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 7 vs.38-39 "Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive."
The stave is stitched in gold and blues; gold to represent the glorious singing of praises to God and blue to represent water.
The Spirit of the risen Christ is common to all. The opening of these and other new boundaries, are represented in the third quadrant by the phoenix rising from the ashes on the left hand side and a dove to represent the descending Holy Spirit on the right hand side.