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October 8, 2014

The Monk's Habit (Part 1)

The habit is a sign of the Monk's consecration. Each part of the habit has special significance.

The tunic is symbolic of the monk's new life in Christ. He no longer wears the "old self" but has been been clothed with "The New man who has been created by God in holiness and truth".

The cincture belt represents the Monk's life as a single man, one who forsakes marriage in order to live a life of celibacy for the Kingdom of God.

The scapular represents the work of a Monk, which is praying the Psalms together in community.

And lastly, the Cowl (a hood) represents the helmet of salvation which shields the Monk in his battles with the evil one.

Pax et Gaudium

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