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A clergy cincture is a liturgical vestment that's worn around or above the waist. The long cord is typically made of linen or hemp and aids in confining and affixing the long flowing alb as well as symbolizing the chastity and purity of the wearer. Cinctures are typically white, but may also be found in the liturgical color of the day.
In the Roman Catholic faith, the cincture is a long rope with tied or tasseled ends that is tied around the waist. Within the cinctures are individual threads twisted together to form the cord. The color of the threads represents the wearer's position in the church with bishops wearing gold and green, cardinals in red and gold and the Pope in white and gold.
In other churches including Anglican, Methodist and Protestant faiths, the same article is known as a girdle. The symbolism of the clergy rope cincture is the same throughout religious denominations.
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