that clergy have a habit
of wearing strange hats
- birettas, zucchetti, galeri, saturni,
trenchers, tiaras and mitres.
or even heard of?
the mitre is perhaps the most iconic.
some splendid examples of these,
especially those worn by recent popes.
a mitre is a hat worn only
by a bishop or an abbot,
and so there must be something
about being an abbot or a bishop
which this hat especially signifies.
the shape of the mitre
gives the answer quite quickly.
the cloven tongues of fire
that descend upon the heads of the apostles
on the day of Pentecost.
the other Comforter
that Our Lord Jesus has promised us.
"For John truly baptized with water;
but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost
not many days hence."
and each of Jesus's disciples is baptized
in the Holy Ghost.
we too have been baptised
in the same way
in water and in the spirit.
when you were baptised with water,
but when were you baptised in the Holy Ghost?
after we are baptized,
we are anointed with the oil of Chrism
and this is the outward sign of
the Baptism with the Holy Ghost.
in the Western Rite
and have actually missed that anointing,
but it isn't a problem.
the grace that we have received at baptism
is strengthened by the Holy Ghost
at the hands of the Bishop.
we will have been baptized in the Spirit.
shouldn't we all be wearing mitres?
the same baptism as our bishops,
so why is the mitre only for bishops?
the effect of that baptism
is quite profound.
immediately into action,
speaking in tongues
as the Spirit gives them utterance.
as they speak in different languages
the wonderful works of God
for a cosmopolitan society to hear.
that we certainly don't expect to see
when we get baptised or confirmed.
is responsible for three thousand people
becoming Christian in a single day!
speaks to the hearts of thousands
and the result is that that
the Christian Church is born.
for the building of the Church.
those who are closest to Christ Jesus,
receive power of the Holy Ghost
to form the bedrock of the Church.
the oversight of the Church
and the building up of the body of Christ.
"one who has oversight",
but this is only one aspect
of the needs of the Church
which must be met.
specifically to receive
the baptism of the Holy Ghost
and this baptism completes
their ordination as well.
with the Lord Jesus before His Death;
they receive the commission for this ministry
before His Ascension
and they receive the wherewithal
to perform their ministry directly
from the Holy Ghost.
who have not been chosen
to be apostles
or successors to the apostles,
the baptism we have completed
at our Confirmation
enables us to follow our own vocations.
after that miracles,
then gifts of healings,
diversities of tongues."
just as the barrister wears his wig,
the queen her crown, mayors their chains,
blacksmiths their aprons,
and railway workers
their bright orange jackets.
however, the mitre takes on
a different appearance.
decorated with icons and with a cross on top.
The mitre-crown is a symbol of authority
and we know that Our Lord
gives his apostles authority.
which they do not possess by themselves,
but by God Himself
and, as we read in the Revelation
to St John,
each apostle has to give
that authority back
by casting their crowns
before the One Who sits
upon the Throne.
who are not called to be bishops.
to perform the vocation
with which God has created us.
it is God's and He has every right
to withhold it as He sees fit.
that we should grieve not
the Holy Spirit of God,
whereby we are sealed
unto the day of redemption.
means that we fail
to become who we are meant to be.
without Him we can do nothing
with any authority.
as "for unto whomsoever much is given,
of him shall be much required:
and to whom men have committed much,
of him they will ask the more. "
the burden of our baptism in the Holy Ghost
is no less serious.