A crozier is carried by a bishop as a sign of his or her office as chief pastor of the diocese. A crozier is a long shepherd’s crook (like a long hook on a pole) that may be simple wood, or may be elaborate and made of metal or wood. The word “pastor” is Latin for shepherd. The bishop is the chief pastor, and the symbolism of a shepherd is thus used, in a usage that also recalls Jesus’ instruction to Peter to “Feed my sheep” (John 21.17).

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