Pastoral staff


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pastoral staff (Eccl) a staff, usually of the form of a shepherd's crook, borne as an official emblem by a bishop, abbot, abbess, or other prelate privileged to carry it. See Crook, and Crosier.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pastoral staff a tall staff borne as an emblem of episcopal authority, headed like a shepherd's crook, or having a T-shaped head
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., pascĕre, pastum, to feed.


In literature:

In his hand he had borne his pastoral staff.
"Soul of a Bishop" by H. G. Wells
At least they wore mitres, and each of them had a crooked pastoral staff which in most cases was carried by an attendant monk.
"The Wanderer's Necklace" by H. Rider Haggard
Here are the pastoral staff, the white mitre, and the mantle with which you invested me.
"A Book of Golden Deeds" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The village pastor delivered the staff into his hands, girded him with a scarf, and attached to it a leathern scrip.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
The "Life" refers moreover to the saint's pastoral staff and his bell but these have disappeared for centuries.
"Lives of SS. Declan and Mochuda" by Anonymous
Associated Words: bucolic, pastoral, staff, crook.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
"Notes & Queries, No. 50. Saturday, October 12, 1850" by Various
Frequent notices of this pastoral staff are found in ancient Irish history.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
There others made their way to the steeple, where had been hidden the gold and silver pastoral staff.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He is a man dressed up as a bishop, with a pastoral staff in his hand.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles

In poetry:

The pastoral staff, the keys of Heaven,
To wield a while in grey-haired might,
Then from his cross to spring forgiven,
And follow JESUS out of sight.
"St. Peter's Day" by John Keble

In news:

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, September 5, 2012 – Our Sunday Visitor has recently launched a new website specifically for parish directors of religious education, catechists, pastors, and other parish ministry staff, at
Powers is a staff pastor at McDonough's Momentum Church.
At least 20 UN staff members were killed in northern Afghanistan when a protest over a Quran burning overseen by pastor Terry Jones turned into a violent mob.
The day after a church shooting on a March Sunday that left an Illinois pastor dead, church security consultant Marc Brooks fielded calls from eight congregations eager to get firearms into the hands of worship staff or volunteers.
Jeffrey Shilling Gill, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Andover accepted a call to become rector of Trinity Parish Episcopal Church in Seattle, Wash. YADIRA BETANCES/Staff photo.
David Albers/Staff Pastor Roy Shuck gives his sermon in an office space used temporarily for services for Faith Community Church of the Nazarene in North Naples on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
This coming Sunday the members of the pastoral staff and congregation of Christ Community Church will present Worship After the Manner of the Pilgrims during their regular morning worship time at 10:15 a.m.
Michael Chapman was pastor TOM GRALISH / Staff.
Aron Andonie is part of the pastoral staff at Spring Valley Church of God in Muhlenberg Township.
Corey Perrine/Staff Pastor James C Givens greets Annie Campbell after church Sept 23, 2012 at Mt Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Myers.
Phyllis has served more than twenty years on the staff of three churches, in her first church as Women's Associate to the Youth Pastor and in the most recent two as Director of Women's Ministries.
A Tulsa woman who died Friday afternoon after being fatally stabbed allegedly by her son was a treasured staff member at All Souls Unitarian Church, the church's pastor said.