Within the Catholic religion, parish priests serve as the guide, as the closest representative of Christ usually encountered by believers. The priest is a person authorised to perform the rites of the religion and to act as an agent between individual and deity. This reaches its peak during the celebration of Mass during which the priest performs his role as a vessel of Christ. This form of power takes visual form through the wearing of the vestments that make up the liturgical clothing. Within the tradition of the Catholic religion, artists have played a central role in representing the visual message of the church, commemorating events and instilling their doctrine through an iconographic language that has become part of the way we view the world.
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