The symbols of the bishop


Illustrazione realizzata da Riccardo Bonu

The successors of the first apostles are the bishops and in this ancient tomb you see one of them portrayed. He is dressed in a particular way, very different from the knight who had been buried next to him. The bishop has a large ring on the ring finger, is holding a stick with his hand and is wearing a special pointed hat. What is the meaning of these symbols?

The ring is a symbol of loyalty. As a bridegroom to his bride, the bishop is faithful to his Church. The stick, which seems like one
used by shepherds, is called
pastoral. The bishop, as the shepherd of a flock, must guide and protect its Christian community. pointed hat is the miter, the headdress of the masters of the past. The bishop is the master of the Word of God.

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