(crozier; pastoral staff; baculus pastoralis; OF crocier, from crosse, shepherd's staff). Staff curved at top, straight in middle, pointed at end. Shepherd's staff early became symbol of authority to rule flock. Also given to abbots at their consecration. Though its presentation to abbesses at consecration has been discontinued, it is still used by them in some cases as symbols of their office.
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