Pastoral Staff

Pastoral Staff
   A staff used by a Bishop, as an ensign of his office, at all public Episcopal Ministrations. It is generally borne by his chaplain. The Pastoral Staff is made in the shape of a shepherd's crook and is frequently given to the Bishop at his consecration, to denote that he is then constituted a shepherd over the Flock of Christ. This use of the Pastoral Staff comes down to us from the most ancient times.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Pastoral staff — Pastoral Pas tor*al, a. [L. pastoralis: cf. F. pastoral. See {Pastor}.] 1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pastoral Staff — • The Pastoral Staff is an ecclesiastical ornament which is conferred on bishops at their consecration and on mitred abbots at their investiture, and which is used by these prelates in performing certain solemn functions Catholic Encyclopedia.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Pastoral Staff — Every bishop has his official staff that refers to his responsibility towards serving God s people. The bishop receives the staff from the top of the altar, that he may feel responsible in front of God …   Dictionary of church terms

  • pastoral staff — Synonyms and related words: Malacca cane, alpenstock, baton, cane, crook, crosier, cross, cross staff, crutch, crutch stick, handstaff, keys, lituus, miter, pallium, paterissa, quarterstaff, red hat, ring, shillelagh, staff, stave, stick, swagger …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pastoral staff — /pastərəl ˈstaf/ (say pahstuhruhl stahf) noun → pastoral (def. 11d) …  

  • pastoral staff — noun see pastoral I, 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • PASTORAL STAFF —    a bishop s staff with a crooked head, symbolical of his authority and function as a shepherd in spiritual matters of the souls in his diocese …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • pastoral staff — noun a bishop s crozier …   English new terms dictionary

  • pastoral-staff — n. Crosier …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • pastoral staff —  Пасторский штат …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

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