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Why is the deacon's stole only worn over the left shoulder and never over the right Is there an authority on this?

The reason is that it leaves the deacon's right hand free to assist at the altar. He or she 'sets the table' and cleans up afterwards. It is a symbol of the deacon's readiness to act in the name of the church and for the building up of God's people.

Can't find my copy to quote from, but I would expect to find a reference to it in Ormonde Plater's book The Deacon in the Liturgy.
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