Thinking About Veiling at Mass?
You’re Not Alone!
Two thousand years in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament
Have you noticed women are wearing veils at Mass and Adoration again? Ever wonder why they stopped in the first place? Why is the practice making a comeback? Are you thinking about wearing a veil too?
This pamphlet will answer these and many other questions about veiling.
Is Rome again requiring that women veil?
Not at all. While at one time there was a requirement for women to cover their heads, that is no longer the case.
Isn't the veil a form of oppression?
Absolutely not! Head covering was the norm for Catholic women until the changes that occurred in the 1960’s and 70’s. Christian women cover their heads as a sign of reverence to God.
So why are women wearing veils today?
Women are rediscovering this beautiful, reverent practice. Each woman has her reason(s) for veiling; read on to learn about them.
Reverence to the Blessed Sacrament
Christ is present in every Catholic church, in the form of the Eucharist. We show reverence by genuflecting toward the Eucharist, and women are privileged to be able to show reverence to Christ by covering their heads. It’s a sign of humility and submission to God.
We need to think of the Angels and their incomparable purity when we approach the Blessed Sacrament, called “the Bread of Angels” because the angels cherish the Blessed Sacrament with an ardent love and profound adoration.
When one visits the Vatican, women are required to veil in the presence of the Holy Father. Why wouldn't a woman veil, then, in the presence of Christ?
Veiling the Sacred
Look around any Catholic church. Anything containing or made to contain the Blessed Sacrament is veiled: the tabernacle, the chalice, the ciborium, the monstrance. All of these vessels contain the Eucharist—the source of life.
Women, too, are vessels of life. The veil brings into focus this sacred dignity of women, a dignity that, in our era, hasn't been protected and defended as it was in the past, when women wore veils regularly. Society has lost respect for and no longer values the gift of a woman’s fertility; we need to return to honoring the unique privilege of being a woman.
Imitation of The Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary is Christ’s perfect disciple. On the Cross, Jesus gave us Mary to be our spiritual mother, and she is one of the most powerful allies we have in this spiritual war. We need to stay close to her. But, how do we stay close to Mary? We strive to be like her, because she is the perfect disciple. We need to be humble, and we need to pray the rosary every day. And Mary, the sacred vessel that contained our Lord, wore a veil. Have you ever seen a picture of Mary not wearing a veil?
Scripture: 1 Cor 11:3-15
3 But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and a husband the head of his wife, and God the head of Christ.
4 Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame upon his head.
5 But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame upon her head, for it is one and the same thing as if she had had her head shaved.
6 For if a woman does not have her head veiled, she may as well have her hair cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should wear a veil.
7 A man, on the other hand, should not cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.
8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;
9 nor was man created for woman, but woman for man;
10 for this reason a woman should have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11 Woman is not independent of man or man of woman in the Lord.
12 For just as woman came from man, so man is born of woman; but all things are from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head unveiled?
14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears his hair long it is a disgrace to him,
15 whereas if a woman has long hair it is her glory, because long hair has been given [her] for a covering?
The Angels are present at every Mass, including St. Michael the Archangel, the incense-bearer, who presides over the worship of adoration at Mass and offers to God the prayers of the faithful that rise with the incense. Our Guardian Angels are with us always, which means at Mass and Adoration, too!
Lack of reverence offends the Angels, as does lack of respect for authority. According to 1 Cor 11:7-10 (above), the veil is a sign that a woman respects authority, and God’s order: GOD—MAN—WOMAN.
What if I’m the only one wearing a veil at Mass?
Many of the women who have started wearing a veil are at first the “lone veiler” at Mass. However, more women are discovering and embracing this devotion, serving as an example for others to follow. You will soon be one of many!
What color veil is appropriate?
While in the past single women wore white or ivory, and married women, black, those rules no longer apply. Most women start with a neutral color like black or ivory, but once they’re comfortable veiling they match their veil to the calendar, liturgical season, or their outfit. Read more here: Colors, Colors Everywhere!
What if someone asks me why I’m wearing a veil? Give them a copy of this brochure!
Are you on Facebook? Consider joining the group “Catholic Women's Veiling Devotion”. You’ll find answers to your questions and support from like-minded women at various stages in this journey—from those discerning to those who have worn veils for several years!
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