Bishop's Ring

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Bishop's ring of Archbishop Albero of Montreuil (1131–1152)
"Council ring", as Pope Paul VI. at the end of the Second Vatican Council in 1965 to all participating bishops

The bishop's ring (Latin: anulus pontificalis ) is one of the insignia and pontificals of the bishops and abbots in the Roman Catholic Church , but is also worn by Lutheran bishops. It is usually golden and set with precious stones , but can also be designed differently. He is "so that you take the ring, the seal of God's faithfulness holy bride, the church, decorated with unchanging fidelity, unharmed behütest" with the words in the episcopal ordination or Abtsbenediktion infected. The Pope wears the so-called fisherman's ring .

The bishop's ring is the sign of the bishop's bond to his diocese or the abbot to his community , just as the wedding ring symbolizes the permanent bond between the spouses. The ring with the staff first appeared in Isidore of Seville in his De ecclesiasticis officiis (II, 5) and at the Council of Toledo in 633 (can. 28). The ring has been worn by bishops and abbots since the year 1000.


Web links

Commons : Bischofsring  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Alfred Raddatz: Church insignia. In: Gerhard Müller (Hrsg.): Theologische Realenzyklopädie . Vol. 16, Berlin 1993, pp. 196-202.