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What is the bishop's "crosier"?

Q. What is the bishop’s “crosier,” and what does it represent?

A. The bishop’s crosier is a staff, made of either metal or wood, with a curved crook at its top. It recalls the staff used by ancient shepherds to tend their flocks. Remember how King David, who was once a shepherd himself, says in Psalm 23 that the Lord is his caring “shepherd” (verse 1), whose “rod” and “staff” comfort him (verse 4).