|1.||of, characterized by, or depicting rural life, scenery, etc|
|2.||(of a literary work) dealing with an idealized form of rural existence in a conventional way|
|3.||(of land) used for pasture|
|4.||denoting or relating to the branch of theology dealing with the duties of a clergyman or priest to his congregation|
|5.||of or relating to a clergyman or priest in charge of a congregation or his duties as such|
|6.||of or relating to a teacher's responsibility for the personal, as the distinct from the educational, development of pupils|
|7.||of or relating to shepherds, their work, etc|
|8.||See also eclogue a literary work or picture portraying rural life, esp the lives of shepherds in an idealizing way|
|9.||music a variant of pastorale|
|a. a letter from a clergyman to the people under his charge|
|b. the letter of a bishop to the clergy or people of his diocese|
|c. Also called: pastoral staff the crosier or staff carried by a bishop as a symbol of his pastoral responsibilities|
|[C15: from Latin, from |
A work of art that celebrates the cultivated enjoyment of the countryside. The poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” by Christopher Marlowe, is a pastoral. Its first stanza reads:
Come live with me, and be my love;
And we will all the pleasures prove
That hills and valleys, dales and fields,
Woods or steepy mountain yields.
staff with a curved top that is a symbol of the Good Shepherd and is carried by bishops of the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some European Lutheran churches and by abbots and abbesses as an insignia of their ecclesiastical office and, in former times, of temporal power. It is made of metal or carved wood and is often very ornate. Possibly derived from the ordinary walking stick, it was first mentioned as a sign of a bishop's ruling power in 633 at the fourth Council of Toledo. French bishops adopted it in the late 8th century, and it was gradually adopted throughout Christendom. Originally a staff with a cross, sphere, or tau cross on top, it acquired its present form by the 13th century.
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