is a rope worn around the waist of a liturgical minister wearing an alb.
(An alb is the long white vestment that covers the minister from neck to
ankle.) The cincture functions like a belt. It is sometimes called a girdle,
but because that word refers to another type of garment in English, it
is rarely used. The cincture is not the same as the fascia, a wide belt
worn over a cassock.
minister may wear a cincture in a Catholic service. This vesture is not
limited to priests and deacons. Altar servers, for example, frequently
cincture performs the practical function of gathering and shaping the loose-fitting
alb, especially one that is long. A minister can raise the bottom half
of a long alb and hold it in place with a cincture.
the cincture is made of white linen or silk and has tassels or knots on
either end. When the cincture is tied around the middle front, the two
tassels dangle near both thighs. When tied with a slipknot to the side,
the tassels may hang there together.
the minister recited a prayer for chastity while binding the alb with the
cincture. As the cincture kept the alb in place, so the minister prayed
that a strong will would keep temptations in place.
every minister wears a cincture. If the alb is made to fit, the cincture
is optional. Some ministers change the color of the cincture to match the
one expected by the seasons and feasts of the year. Some religious orders
keep the cincture as part of their habit.
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Turner, pastor of St. Munchin Parish in Cameron, MO, holds a doctorate
in sacramental theology from Sant' Anselmo University in Rome.