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Cinctures

The cincture is a liturgical vestment, worn encircling the body around or above the waist. The term has two distinct meanings, the usage generally dividing along denominational lines. Where the context does not indicate which meaning is intended, ambiguity may be avoided by the use of the terms "girdle" and "fascia".

In the Roman Catholic Church, the cincture is a long, rope-like cord with tassled or knotted ends, tied around the waist outside the alb. The colour may be white, or may vary according to the colour of the liturgical season.

When lay people wear an alb, the cincture is usually tied on the right. As deacons tie their stoles on the right, they often fasten the cincture on the left instead. Priests and bishops usually have the knot of their cincture in front of them; the loose ends are often passed around the stole and tucked through the waist of the cincture at each side. When the cincture is tied in the front and the ends draped on either side, it is called a Roman Knot. Besides its functional role in securing the alb and stole, the cincture bears a symbolic role, signifying chastity and purity.

The same vestment is widely used in the Anglican and Methodist churches, as well as most Lutheran denominations and some other Protestant churches. However, in these denominations it is usually referred to as a girdle, the term "cincture" being used instead to signify a broad sash worn over the cassock somewhat above the waist. This latter vestment is in the Roman Catholic Church known as a fascia, and the use of this vestment is restricted to ordained clergy and seminarians.

 

We can offer you a range of styles below and in all liturgical colours - available from stock (with the exception of the made to order/size options)

Adult and child sizes also available from stock.

For clergy fascia sashes, please see our ITALIA RANGE page...
 

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All standard adult Cinctures measure 400cm in length total.  Child size cinctures are 200cm in length total.   Constructed from quality Poly/Rayon cord with tassels on both ends (where applicable).  Available from stock.

Clergy/Lay Cincture: Cinc-001


Cord Cincture with tassles on both ends.  Sizes:  Adult 400cm (4M), Child 200cm (2M). 

In all liturgical colours available but why not consider a full set 4 colours (Red, White, Green & Purple) to save £'s?

Available from stock.

Clergy & Lay Cincture (Girdles)

Clergy/Lay Cincture: Cinc-002S


Silver Cord Rope Cincture with knotted ends.  Sizes:  Adult 400cm (4M), Child 200cm (2M). 

Ideal for Marian Feast and other celebrations

 

Available from stock. 

 

Clergy & Lay Cincture (Girdles)

Clergy/Lay Cincture: Cinc-002G


Gold Cord Rope Cincture with knotted ends.  Sizes:  Adult 400cm (4M), Child 200cm (2M). 

Ideal for Weddings, Easter, Christmas and other celebrations

 

Available from stock. 

 

Clergy & Lay Cincture (Girdles)

Clergy/Lay Cincture: Cinc-003WG


White/Gold Twined Cord Rope Cincture with knotted & tassled ends.  Sizes:  Adult 400cm (4M), Child 200cm (2M). 

Ideal for Weddings, Easter, Christmas and other celebrations

 

Available from stock. 

 

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Clergy/Lay Cincture: Cinc-004B


Blue soft cotton Rope Cincture with knotted ends.  Sizes:  Adult 400cm (4M), Child 200cm (2M). 

Ideal for Marian celebrations.

 

Available from stock. 

 

Natural Cotton Rope Cinctures


A made to order/size, natural cotton 3-ply rope cincture.  Traditional styling and natural off white in colour.  Available in many sizes and in 10mm width with heat shrink ends to keep them tidy as shown below

 

 

 

Natural Cotton Rope Cinctures: Cinc-R001


A made to order/size, natural cotton 3-ply rope cincture.  Traditional styling and natural off white in colour.  Available in many sizes and in 10mm width with heat shrink ends to keep them tidy as shown below.

Available to order with a lead time of about 7-10 days to supply.

 

 

 

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