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  1. Alb - Prayer Robe

    Alb - Prayer Robe

    $245.00

    Prayer robes - Alb in mixed wool fabric Approx 57" One size Learn More
  2. Sack cloth Hair Shirt , stitched and hemmed around the edges to stop fraying and loops for the Cincture cord and Rosary
  3. Exquisite metal tipped Discipline

    Exquisite metal tipped Discipline

    $89.99

    Metal tipped Discipline Strands of elasticated cord tipped with an ornate metal tip. The ten 24” strands are set in a 16” long spindle style wooden handle. Learn More
  4. Quality Sackcloth Hairshirt

    Quality Sackcloth Hairshirt

    $129.00

    Hairshirt with the outer side covered in Purple cotton the colour of penance, with embroidered cross and cord belt. Free Shipping World Wide One size fits most. $129 Learn More
  5. A traditional sack-cloth hairshirt with belt and metal buckle

    A traditional sack-cloth hairshirt with belt and metal buckle

    Regular Price: $100.00

    Special Price $69.99

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  6. Beaded Discipline

    Beaded Discipline

    $89.99

    Antler horn Beaded Discipline the three longest strands are looped, tied and knotted to add a stingy contrast to the thud of the beaded strands. Learn More
  7. The chain Crucifix Discipline

    The chain Crucifix Discipline

    $49.99

    A beautiful chain metal Crucifix Discipline made exclusively for Cilice.co.uk Price includes shipping.. Learn More
  8. Traditional style discipline with Capuchin knots

    Traditional style discipline with Capuchin knots

    $69.99

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  9. Traditional lightweight Rope discipline

    Traditional lightweight Rope discipline

    $35.00

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  10. Knotted Discipline

    Knotted Discipline

    $79.99

    A wonderful quality wood and chord Discipline made to the highest of standards Learn More
  11. Hemp and Manilla rope discipline with seven tails

    Hemp and Manilla rope discipline with seven tails

    $49.99

    One for each of the deadly sins
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  12. Chain metal Discipline hand made by Italian Nuns

    Chain metal Discipline hand made by Italian Nuns

    $59.00

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  13. Metal chain and elasticated cord discipline

    Metal chain and elasticated cord discipline

    $39.00

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  14. Heavy-weight chain and manilla rope discipline

    Heavy-weight chain and manilla rope discipline

    $35.00

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  15. Sacred Heart Scapular with chains and crucifix  "sold without the metal spikes"
  16. Authentic Cord of St Joseph made of cotton rope with medallion
  17. An authentic cord or 'Cincture' of St Francis beautifully made for Cilice.co.uk

    An authentic cord or 'Cincture' of St Francis beautifully made for Cilice.co.uk

    $39.99

    Comes with bag
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A hairshirt is a rough garment made from material such as goats' hair and worn in the form of a ‘shirt’ or other item of clothing, for the purposes of mortification and penance. The Latin name possibly derives from ‘Cilicia’ where this cloth was originally made.

During the early ages of Christianity the use of hair-cloth, as a means of penance and as an aid to the wearer in resisting temptations of the flesh, became very common, not only amongst the ascetics and those who aspired to a life of perfection, but even amongst ordinary lay people, who made it serve as an antidote to the seeming comfort of their lives. St. Jerome, for example, mentions the hairshirt as being frequently worn under the robes of men. St. Athanasius, St. John Damascene, Theodoret, and many others also bear witness to its use in their times.

Traditionally the ‘veil’ or ‘mantilla’ represent purity and modesty in many religions and cultures. A veil, or head covering, is a symbol that can enable the woman wearing it to ascend the ladder of sanctity. When a woman covers her head in the Catholic Church it symbolises her dignity and humility before God, not men.

In the early Church virgins wore a cincture as a sign and emblem of purity, and hence it has always been considered a symbol of chastity as well as of mortification and humility. The wearing of a cord or cincture in honour of a saint is of very ancient origin, and we find the first mention of it in the life of St. Monica.

In the Middle Ages cinctures were also worn by the faithful in honour of saints, though no confraternities were formally established, and the wearing of a cincture in honour of St. Michael was general throughout France. Later on, ecclesiastical authority set apart special formulae for the blessing of cinctures in honour of the Most Precious Blood, of Our Lady, of St. Francis of Paul, and St. Philomena. There are in the Church three archconfraternities and one confraternity the members of which wear a cord or cincture.

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