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crosier

, crozier
1. a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
2. the tip of a young plant, esp a fern frond, that is coiled into a hook

crosier

bishop’s staff signifying his ruling power. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 21]
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The pastoral staff received a letter from some musicians in our congregation that slammed us for the Christmas Eve service.
Finally there are the special inclusions of Pope Benedict XVI, the pastoral staff of Pope John Paul II and the bronze cast of his hand which everyone is encouraged to grasp, symbolizing new hope and purpose for the third millennium.
Pope Benedict XVI in his golden vestments and clutching; his pastoral staff yesterday Picture: OSSERVATORE ROMANO
But, in the papal mitre and carrying a pastoral staff, he avoided controversy and added: "I have a sense of inadequacy and human turmoil at the responsibility entrusted to me.
Benedict, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, clutched his pastoral staff and made the sign of the cross as he processed into the intimate Sistine Chapel, led by the cardinals who had elected him Pope a day earlier.
He will then hand his pastoral staff to the Bishop of Hull, the Right Rev Richard Firth, who will take responsibility for the archdiocese until a new Archbishop is appointed.
The governing body of the church consists of the pastoral staff, the deacon board, and the church council that comprises the head of each department.
The cathedral Dean then handed over the pastoral staff as the cathedral echoed to a South African hymn accompanied by drums.
Pius X (1903-1914); a jewel-encrusted papal tiara of Pope Pius IX, also worn by Pope John XXIII; a processional cross from the 15th century; a 16th century chalice encrusted with pearls, rock crystal, silver gilt and enamel; the first known map of Australia; a Buddhist devotional cloth, or Thanka, presented by the Dalai Lama for Pope John Paul II; and a crucifix-adorned silver pastoral staff of Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.
In 2009, Lynn retired as an associate pastor in the Duluth area, where he had been on the pastoral staff for thirteen years.