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The ring is considered an emblem of fidelity. Those in Christian use include: (1) In the W., episcopal rings. Rings are first mentioned as an official part of a bishop's insignia of office in the 7th cent. They now usually contain an amethyst. (2) Nuns' rings. In many orders a ring is conferred at solemn profession. (3) Wedding rings. Originating in the betrothal rings used by the Romans, they were adopted by Christians at an early date. Customs regarding their use have varied. The current RC marriage ceremony and some modern Anglican rites envisage the use of a ring for both parties. (4) The ‘Fisherman's Ring’ is a seal-ring placed on the finger of a new Pope and broken at his death. Engraved on it is St Peter in a boat fishing, with the Pope's name round it. (5) The ‘Coronation Ring’ in England is placed on the fourth finger of the Sovereign's right hand as ‘the ensign of Kingly Dignity and of Defence of the Catholic Faith’. (6) Rosary rings. These have ten small knobs and are used for saying the rosary.

(1) In the W., episcopal rings. Rings are first mentioned as an official part of a bishop's insignia of office in the 7th cent. They now usually contain an amethyst. (2) Nuns' rings. In many orders a ring is conferred at solemn profession. (3) Wedding rings. Originating in the betrothal rings used by the Romans, they were adopted by Christians at an early date. Customs regarding their use have varied. The current RC marriage ceremony and some modern Anglican rites envisage the use of a ring for both parties. (4) The ‘Fisherman's Ring’ is a seal-ring placed on the finger of a new Pope and broken at his death. Engraved on it is St Peter in a boat fishing, with the Pope's name round it. (5) The ‘Coronation Ring’ in England is placed on the fourth finger of the Sovereign's right hand as ‘the ensign of Kingly Dignity and of Defence of the Catholic Faith’. (6) Rosary rings. These have ten small knobs and are used for saying the rosary.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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