The mitre is a symbol of the spiritual power invested in the office of bishop. The pointed shape resembles the tongues of flame that fell on the day of Pentecost, while the two tails resemble the Old and New Testaments of the Christian scriptures.
Sorry if this sounds totally ignorant, but what is the thing called that the Pope wears on his head? Why does he wear it? :) Just curious!
It’s called a mitre. (pronounced: might-er) They are worn by the pope and bishops. (Well technically the pope is Bishop of Rome, so.)
Actually I’m not exactly sure why they wear them, it seems that it is just tradition. Some people say it dates back to the apostles or the head coverings of Jewish priests. It just kind of developed over time.
Hey!I just wanted to thank you for those beautiful pictures! I don't want to become a nun but they're so kind and I love them with all my heart. I worked with some communities here, in Québec (Canada), and I always find these places so peacefull! Continue your good work!