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Bishop or Abbot Hat

A Mitre or Miter (US), is the traditional, ceremonial headdress of bishops and certain abbots in traditional Christianity. A Mitre hat has two stiffened halves that are shaped like shields and face the front and back. Lappets (two fringed streamers) hang from the back.

Mitres are worn in the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Anglican Communion, some Lutheran churches, for important ceremonies, by the Metropolitan of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, and also, in the Catholic Church, all cardinals, whether or not bishops, and some Eastern Orthodox archpriests.

Other names for the Mitre

  • Bishop Hat
  • Abbot Hat

Famous Mitre wearers

  • Archbishop of Canterbury