Symbols of a Bishop
A bishop, from the Greek word episkopos (overseer), is a direct successor to the apostles. Bishops have, by divine institution, taken the place of the apostles as pastors of the church. The ordination and installation of Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito as the fifth bishop of Palm Beach Diocese focuses a spotlight on symbols of a bishop. In fact, the bishop himself is a symbol and is surrounded by symbols. Let us look at some of them.
El Obispo, palabra proviene de la palabra Griega episkopos (superior)descendiente directo de los apostoles. El Obispo tiene, por institucion divina el lugar de los apostoles como pastor de la Iglesia. Durante la instalacion del Obispo Garld M. Barbarito se hizo enfasis en estos simbolos del Obispo. Inclusive, el Obispo tambien forma parte de estos simbolos que le rodea.
The Bishop’s Chair
In ancient times, a chair was a sign of authority to teach. The bishop’s chair is called a cathedra from the Latin word for chair and it is the presence of the bishop’s cathedra in a church that makes it a cathedral. The bishop’s chair, then is a symbol of the bishop’s teaching office and pastoral power in his diocese. It is also a sign of the unity of believers in the faith that the bishop proclaims as shepherd of the Lord’s flock.
En tiempos antiguos, la silla o Trono era un signo de autoridad para enzenar. La silla o trono del Obispo es comunmente llamada CATEDRAL. La Catedra del Obispo es un simbolo del magisterio de ensenanza de la Officina Pastoral y su poder en la Diocesis. Es tambien el simbolo de unidad de los creyentes en la Fe que el Obispo proclama como Sumo Pastor del rebano del Senor.
Coat of Arms
A bishop’s coat of arms is distinguished by a sign of his rank. That sign, placed over the shield, is a particular version of an ecclesiastical hat that was worn in processions, as late as 1870. The hat is low-crowned, flat, and widebrimmed. On a bishop’s coat of arms, the hat is green and hanging from it are 12 green tassels, six on each side. There’s also a processional cross above the shield. The cross on a bishop’s coat of arms has one bar; an archbishop’s cross has two. The design of the shield itself differs from bishop to bishop.
La Insignia de Armas (Escudo) del Obispo se distingue por el simbolo de su categoria y rango. Este signo colocado sobre su escudoes una version particular de un sombrero eclesial usado tipicamente durante las procesiones durante los anos 1870. La corona del sombrero es liso y con las alas anchas. En la insignia de escudo del Obispo el sombrero es verde y colgando de el, hay 12 borlas,( hilos trensados usados como decoracion) 6 borlas a cada lado. Tambien esta la cruz procecional sobre el escudo. La cruz en el escudo de armas del Obispo tiene una barra; y en el Arzobispo lleva dos barras. El diseno del escudo varia de Obispo en Obispo
The miter is the proper liturgical headdress for all bishops of the Latin rite, including the pope. The word comes from the Greek word mitra, meaning “turban.” It consists of two stiffened flaps of material joined by a headband with two fringed strips hanging from the back base of the miter. The miter as we know it today developed from the conical head-covering worn by the pope that appeared in the tenth century. At first, it was only used by the pope.
La Mitra completa el vesturuario adecuado para denotar alta categoria eclesiastice usados por todo los Obispos del rito Latino, incluyendo al Papa. La palabra viene del Griego Mitra que significa Turbante o tocado para la cabeza ornamento propio del ambito episcopal, consiste en carton forrado de tela galon trevira, lino o tambien de una hoja de mica o plastica, el borde posterior cualgan dos cintas llamadas infulas. La Mitra como la conocemos hoy quiere decir que tiene la ciencia de ambos testamentos para combatir a los enemigos de la Iglesia. Al principio fue usada solamente por el Papa.
The pectoral cross gets its name because it is worn over the breast, or pectus, hanging from a green cord intertwined with gold threads. There are rules determining whether it is worn over or under whatever the bishop is wearing. If he’s in a suit and collar, the pectoral cross is usually placed in the vest pocket with the chain showing.
Cruz pectoral es usado por Obispo Arzobispos y Cardemales, colgada de un hilo verde se usa sbre el pecho es una cruz ricamente adornada por piedras preciosas Hay regulaciones sobre debe ser usada sobre o debajo de lo que el Obispo esta usando, si el esta en traje y collar, la cruz pectoral es usualmente colocada en el bolsillo de su chaleco, ensenando su cadena
The crozier is a pastoral staff that is conferred on bishops (and abbots) at their installation. In the West, the top of the staff is curved to remind the bishop of the shepherd’s crook and of his pastoral care of the people entrusted to him. It is a sign of the bishop’s need to keep watch over his whole flock, sustaining the weak and faltering, confirming the wavering faith, and leading back the erring ones into the true fold.
El vaculo se lleva en la mano el baston pastoral que se confiere a el Obispo para corregir sostener y empujar, durante su instalacion. El Vaculo esta plantado en el suelo para agijonar a los peresozos. Es recto en su parte vertical para dirijir y sostener a los debiles y es curvo en su parte posterior para atraer a los pecadores y reunir a los que erran segun aquellos, juntad,sostened estimulad al indecizo al enfermo al peresozo, el vaculo esta curveado para recordarle al Obispo su obligacion de cuidar a tos las gentes confiadas a el, a todo su rebano, sotener at debil en su fe devolviendole hacia la verdadera fe.
The bishop’s ring is a symbol of the bishop’s fidelity to and nuptial bond with the church, his spouse. It signifies the bishop’s symbolic marriage to the church or Christ. The bishop’s ring is usually made of gold with an amethyst. The bishop’s ring was first mentioned as an official part of the bishop’s insignia in the early seventh century.
El anillo es el simbolo de fidelidad y alianza no solo para llevarlo como muestra de fidelidad sino principalmente que vel para dar a Cristo como unico esposo a las almas que les fueron encomendadas.
The zucchetto is a skullcap worn, particularly by prelates, since the thirteenth century. The pope wears a white zucchetto; cardinals, a red zucchetto; and bishops, a purple zucchetto. Everyone else wears black.
Pequeno sombrero redondo de color morado que llevan los perlados en palabra Latina significa “SOLO A DIOS” es un casquete que crubre la parte posterio de la cabeza usado por el Papa color blanco, Cardenales Rojo y Obispos y Arzobispos Violeta
Holy Week and the mystery of the cross
|BY BISHOP GERALD BARBARITODiocese of Palm Beach
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|We began Lent on Ash Wednesday by being signed with the cross on our foreheads. That sign was placed before us to signify that the cross of Christ was to be uppermost on our minds during this season of Lent.As we now come to Holy Week, we reflect upon the cross in a most concentrated manner. Each day during Holy Week we enter more deeply into the mystery of the cross, for by it we come to know the Resurrection, which we will celebrate at Easter. Holy Week during this Year of Faith has a special significance as the cross reveals most fully the mysteries of our faith.Palm Sunday recounts the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds enthusiastically greet Jesus by waving palm branches before him, treating him as royalty. However, we know that the same crowd who so triumphantly greeted him will be the same crowd who will crucify him. Palms remind us that Jesus is the king, but Holy Week reminds us that he reigns as king upon the cross where he pours out his love for us. In many cultures it is customary to bring a piece of palm to someone’s house as a sign of peace. Truly, the peace we bring is that of Christ himself.The Tuesday of Holy Week within our diocese brings the celebration of the Chrism Mass. All the faithful are invited to this Mass, a celebration of the call to all in the Church to holiness. The holy oils and chrism that are blessed and consecrated will be used around the diocese to celebrate the sacraments.They also will be used at the Easter Vigil to welcome new members into the Church. We are all called to a real relationship with God, and growing in that relationship is what holiness is all about. The Chrism Mass has a special significance for priests as at the celebration priests renew their commitment to their call to be ministers of holiness to all the people of God. The Chrism Mass is a vivid reminder that the cross of Christ is the means by which he shows us how much he wants to enter into a real relationship with us.The Wednesday of Holy Week is popularly called “Spy Wednesday,” the day that we reflect upon the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. It reminds us that all of us, in some way or another, betray the Lord and are not faithful to him. However, these betrayals never stop the Lord from loving us. He went to his cross for us and took our sins upon himself. Jesus went to the cross even for Judas, and would have forgiven Judas had he but turned back to the Lord. Even Peter betrayed Christ but he was willing to seek his forgiveness.Holy Thursday is the beginning of the great Easter triduum. On this day we celebrate the great gift of the Eucharist that Jesus instituted at the Last Supper. The Eucharist is the most sublime of gifts that God has given to us. In this great sacrament we transcend time and space and literally enter into the saving action of Jesus through which he again gives himself to the Father on the cross. He also gives to us the gift of himself in the Eucharist as food for our journey during this life.The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening is the last one that is celebrated before the Easter Vigil. After the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is reposed for adoration in which we give thanks to God for this great gift and prepare ourselves to enter into the Easter mystery.Good Friday places before us the cross in its most vivid manner. It is the day on which we recall the suffering of Christ for each and every one of us. The afternoon celebration of the Passion of the Lord gives us the opportunity to venerate the cross as the sign of our salvation. While we receive the Lord in the Eucharist on this day, there is no celebration of the central action of the Church, which is the Eucharist. The absence of this celebration is a vivid reminder of the emptiness that Christ endured for us on the cross in order that we might have life.
Holy Saturday brings with it a strange quietness within the life of the Church. There is no celebration of the Eucharist or of any of the sacraments on this day. We reflect upon the fact that Jesus truly died upon the cross and enters into the realm of death by which he frees us from death. The Creed reminds us that “He descended into hell” and here called forth Adam and all who had gone before him. Holy Saturday is a reminder of the absence of all support that Jesus allowed himself to experience in his cross.
Holy Saturday night is the night of nights. On this night the Easter Vigil is celebrated and we are reminded of the fullness of life that Christ has brought us in his resurrection. New members are brought into the Church and the Eucharist is celebrated for the first time since Holy Thursday. The joy of Easter is that the cross of Christ, by which he endured all suffering for our sake, has vanquished even death. Our life only has meaning when lived in God.
One of the best ways to celebrate Holy Week is to reflect upon the Passion narratives in the Gospels. There are four of them and each one concentrates on different aspects of the Lord’s cross. Reflecting upon the mystery of the Passion as found in the Gospels helps us more and more to understand the depth of God’s love for each of us.
May Holy Week during this Year of Faith be truly a holy one for all as we celebrate that through the cross, Christ has redeemed the world!
What is the lay vocation?….The laity are sent to engage in society so that the kingdom of God can grow among men.
A lay person is not a second-class Christian, for he shares in the priestly ministry of Christ (the universal priesthood). He sees to it that the people in his walk of life (in school, family and work) come to know the Gospel and learn to love Christ. Through his faith he leaves a mark on society, business, and politics. He supports the life of the Church, for instance, by becoming a lector or an extraordinary minister, by volunteering as a group leader, or by serving on church committees and councils (for example, the parish council or the board of directors of an institution). Young people especially should give serious thought to the question of what place God might want them to have in the Church. (YOUCAT question 139)
Dig Deeper: CCC section (897-913) and other references here.
Prayer is the most essential aspect of living out the lay vocation. Go deeper than ever before by reading Jesus, Teach Us To Pray.
Sent by Elliot Foley on Sunday, March 23
Hermanas y hermanos ….Como parte de nuestras reflexiones recordemos la palabras de nuestro querido PADRE PIO