Christian Cyclopedia

About the Cyclopedia


Straight piece of cloth, ca. 14 to 18 in. wide, with a hole in the middle so that it can pass over the the head and hang down from the shoulders before and behind; various additions were made to the basic pattern; it became symbolic of Christ's cross and yoke; by ca. the end of the 11th c. it was worn by some orders of monks; later worn also by some lay persons assoc. with communities of monks or friars.

Edited by: Erwin L. Lueker, Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson
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