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The pectoral cross gets its name because it is worn over the chest or pectus. There are rules dictating whether bishop pectoral crosses are to be worn over or under clothing. For example, if the bishop is in a suit and collar, the cross is typically placed in the vest pocket with the chain showing.
In many religions lower clergy also wear crosses on chains around their necks. However, clergy crosses differ from a bishop pectoral cross in size, with the bishop's pectoral cross being significantly larger and often more decorative.
Sheehan's offers a large selection of pectoral crosses to choose from. Designs vary from plain silver crosses to ornate carved gold crosses adorned with jewels. The bishop's pectoral cross is available in a variety of finishes including gold, silver and oxidized silver. Modern pectoral crosses tend to be much larger than typical cross necklaces worn by Christians.
Select styles of bishops pectoral crosses come with an included chain. The chain is used when wearing the cross regardless of whether it is set hanging from the neck or placed in the breast pocket. The bishops cross and chain is considered a standard part of the bishops attire.
When shopping for a bishop's pectoral cross, choose the Matthew F. Sheehan Company. We have been serving the religious community for over 100 years and offer the largest selection of high-quality religious goods.