Friday, May 5, 2023

The Tiaras of the Popes: Pope Pius XI

 From The Liturgical Arts Journal:

The papal tiara is, of course, one of the most widely known and recognized symbols of the papacy, though it should be noted that it is not a liturgical one and, as such, its use was limited to non-liturgical ceremonial occasions or as part of papal processions. Historically first mention of this headdress dates back to the early eighth century -- though its form was not the same as we now know it today, being instead a white. helmet like headdress. It is thought by the tenth century the first circlet "crown" would appear (at the base), eventually transforming into two crowns under Pope Boniface VIII in the thirteenth century, and finally to the triple crown we now know by the mid fourteenth century. The symbolism of this triple crown was intended to signify the triple power of the Roman pontiff as the father of kings, governor of the world and Vicar of Christ on earth. However, in addition to this symbolism, it was also said that the triple crown symbolized the Church Triumphant, the Church Militant and the Church Suffering. (Read more.)


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