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The mitre is worn today by bishops and abbots as one of their liturgical marks of office. A bishop wears it when seated, delivering a homily, salutation, or address, when he pronounces a solemn blessing, during sacramental gestures, and in processions. During any liturgical celebration, he wears only a single mitre, which may be simple or ornate, depending on the rank of feast (Caeremoniale episcoporum 1964, no. 60). It probably developed out of the camelaucum, a conical headdress with strips of cloth worn by dignitaries of the Roman Empires (cf. Insignia). Initially …

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Steck, Wolfgang, “Mitre”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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