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Cincture

Habit-03Cincture
(SINK-shur)

Worn around the waist to confine the tunic, a cincture is included in almost every form of religious or ecclesiastical clothing. The cincture is closely associated with chastity, and those following the Rule of Augustine use a broad one of a dark color. Attached are two pieces of fabric that hang down the left side, a reminder of the sword belt worn by Blessed Theodore as a Crusader before he dedicated his life to God, first as a cathedral canon and later as a Crosier. The two open pieces symbolize peace. The fringe attached to the ends of the sash recalls Moses' exhortation to the Israelites: “Put fringes on your garments, and when you see these fringes, let the sight remind you to keep all the commandments of the Lord” (Num 15:38-39).