Pastoral staff


Pastoral staff
Pastoral Pas"tor*al, a. [L. pastoralis: cf. F. pastoral. See {Pastor}.] 1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life. [1913 Webster]

2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter. [1913 Webster]

{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}.

{Pastoral Theology}, that part of theology which treats of the duties of pastors. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.