Thursday, February 26

The Diocesan Crozier

This is the Diocean Crozier, an important symbol of the Bishop's pastoral role. It was given to the Diocese by Ealing Abbey to mark the appointment of Bishop Pearson as the first Bishop of Lancaster. It is still regularly used whenever the Bishop presides at the Cathedral, though it does not travel around the Diocese with him.

Appropriately for the Cathedral, it includes an image of Jesus handing the keys to St Peter, a symbol of the God-given authority invested in the Church. Also seen is St Benedict (at the bottom of the image here), an enduring reminder of the Benedictine roots of our first Bishop.