confraternities of the cord


Pious societies whose members wear a cord or sash to honor some saint from whom they hope to receive a particular grace or favor. In ancient times belts or girdles were common among the Orientals and the Jews, whose priests and prophets also wore them. Christ ordered his Apostles to gird their loins. Virgins in the early Church wore cinctures as a mark of their purity, and since then they have come to be a symbol of chastity as well as mortification and humility. The custom of wearing a belt in memory of a saint is very ancient, and first appears in the life of Saint Monica. This practice was continued during the Middle Ages, especially in France, where Saint Michael was thus honored. The principal confraternities of the cord are

  • Our Lady of Consolation (Black Leather Belt of Saint Monica, Saint Augustine, and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino)
  • the cord of Saint Francis
  • the cord of Saint Joseph
  • the Confraternity of the Cord of Saint Thomas

MLA Citation

  • “confraternities of the cord”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 April 2012. Web. 17 January 2019. <>