The Ring as a Symbol of Union

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Slide 9-13: The Marriage of St. Catherine , Barna di Siena, c. 1360 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Slide Collection As a symbol for eternity, the ring is used for betrothal and marriage. Betrothal rings were an old Roman custom. Wedding rings came into use later. A bishop's ring signifies his union with Church. A Nun's ring signifies her marriage with Christ. This slide shows Catherine of Alexandria receiving a with a ring, symbolizing her marriage to God, The Ring as a Symbol of Authority or Status This comes from the use of the signet ring, one used to make an impression indicating authenticity, which goes back to ancient Greece. Moreover, it is a symbol of designated authority, since a ring is easily passed to another. In Rome, wearing of rings of various metals was strictly regulated. Citizen's rings were iron, and were forbidden to slaves. Church rings show the ecclesiastical office of the wearer. Papal ring or Fisherman's Ring , bears image of St. Peter fishing. It is broken at Pope's death.
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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