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"MITRE (From the Greek). The liturgical head-dress proper to bishops of the Latin rite. It originated as a low, soft cap and has evolved through numerous forms into a high stiff hat consisting of two similar parts, back and front, with bulging sides which curve back to the top; the sides are joined with a head-band at the bottom and have soft material between enabling them to be folded together; two fringed lappets (infuloe) hang down behind. In western Europe the medieval form, lower, softer and with straight sides, has again come into considerable use. In the consecration of a bishop the mitre is considered symbolically as the helmet of salvation. It is always taken off when the celebrant prays, e.g., at the collects, during the canon, etc. Mitres are of three kinds, precious, golden and simple. Other prelates who have the use of pontificalia (e.g., cardinals, abbots, protonotaries apostolic) wear the mitre, and a right to wear the simple mitre has been given to several cathedral chapters of canons..." (Catholic Dictionary)


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