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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia

Mitre

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The official covering for the head worn by the order of Bishops. It represents mystically the cloven tongues of fire which lighted on the heads of the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost. The mitre is worn by many Bishops of the American Church, and the General Convention, by its Committee on Vestments, declared, "The first Bishop of the American Succession (Bishop Seabury) was accustomed to wear the mitre in certain offices; and the first of our Bishops ever consecrated in America (Bishop Claggett of Maryland) continued its use. It has not been generally followed, but in the opinion of this Committee this historic fact justifies any Bishop in resuming it."

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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Mitre'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/m/mitre.html. 1901.

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