This post was originally published on this site

You are called to “give back” your deacon’s stole that drapes only one shoulder, and to take up the yoke of ministry symbolized by the “epitrachelion.” The priest’s stole is for both shoulders, because now you are yoked to the Holy Altar in order to celebrate the Liturgy. Now you kneel on both knees, because you accept the fullness of Sacramental service to the People of God.