This beautifully handmade clergy stole features uplifted praying hands shaped as an altar of incense, with smoke rising and swirling from the center of the hands.
The image was inspired by a custom request. In describing the image, the minister said, "The use of the image in a liturgical setting is a way of claiming and reminding the people gathered for worship, that in Christ their worship is a heavenly reality which transcends its earthly limitations."
The design is also supported by Psalm 141:1-2 -- O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! May my prayer be counted as incense before you; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.
When my husband saw this stole finished, he wept. My son, who was 14 at the time, commented that it was "loaded with meaning."
The hands/altar piece is made from gold silk dupioni, and the smoke is cut from metallic sparkle cotton print. The design is outlined in rayon thread machine satin stitched in coordinating colors.