Cinctures are used to secure the loose-fitting alb at the waist. They are worn by all clergy (including deacons) and sometimes by altar servers as well. Cinctures are available in all liturgical colors and match the stole, priest’s chasuble and deacon’s dalmatic. The decorative end of a cincture may take the form of a tassel, monk’s knot or other traditional knot. Cinctures may be made of cotton, nylon or other materials and are braided or twisted into ropes.
The vesting prayer used while a priest puts on the cincture, “Gird me, O Lord, with the girdle of purity,” defines the cincture, or girdle as it is sometimes called, as a symbol of chastity.
As with our other vestments and clergy apparel, our cinctures are high-quality items and never made in China.