Cilice‏


A cilice‏ (pronounced ‘silees’) is a garment of rough cloth made from goats’ hair and worn in the form of a shirt or as a girdle around the loins, by way of mortification and penance.

The Latin name is said to be derived from the word Cilicia, where this cloth was made, but the thing itself was probably known and used long before this name was given to it. The sackcloth, for instance, is often mentioned in the Bible as a symbol of mourning and penance.

“A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.” – H. L. Mencken