December 8th, 2012 - Lisa-801067 said:
Yes they are a beautiful thing to wear and they lend to our feminimity. I have worn mine in the past but only in one parish i go to. The other parishes i attend i have hesitated because wearing it would have me stand out and i do not want to draw attention to myself there. But they are lovely and i wish more younger women wore them.
November 2nd, 2012 - Andrew-739180 said:
It's surprising how many have voted, "no, they're not required". Surely we don't have to have acts of love explicitly legislated? After all, I don't recall the Marriage Rite containing the phrase, "You must kiss your spouse every day", but spouses do - it's about love. And love in the correct sense of an 'act of the will', rather than simply an emotion is something I think we need to recover.
October 11th, 2012 - Jacqueline-658726 said:
Even though it was no longer required, I started waring hats and veils to church a while ago. Hats are sometimes difficult to come by, but I think they are slowly making a come back. I love wearing hats and veils to Mass. Altough I love wearing them, I do feel strongly that it should be a decision not a requirement. And perhaps part of why I like wearing them is that now that they not not required. I wear them because I want to. It is my little way of showing reverence when I go to Mass.
May 6th, 2012 - Susheel-758216 said:
It's their choice , but wearing one gives them a pious look , could be considered as a dress code , just like we wear black for funerals and white for weddings , not necessarily mean anything but sets the look , the important thing is to have the sinceriety and seriousness of what ever ceremony we are taking part in
March 24th, 2012 - Diana-769240 said:
Well ladies, I think we're all right. It is an old tradition. It wouldn't be so tough to bring back with the incentive of a fashion statement. Therefore, creating a new trend and yet, at the same time, practicing an old tradition. I'm sure women with a fashion interest (i.e., me) would be thrilled. Just think of the possibilities......:-)
March 4th, 2012 - Teresa-525463 said:
What does a veil have to do with purity? I can understand vanity but not purity. It was St. Paul who mentioned in scripture that a woman's hair should be covered. By the way I see some people, men and women alike, come to Church, I think it would be nice if people in general dressed more respectfully.
December 15th, 2011 - Deborah-790049 said:
I do quite a bit, my granny always had her hair covered and it is not ony beautiful but a deep show of respect i believe, a tradition that alot of woman chose to carry on-this is important to see the traditions of Roman Catholic be carried on, even if some think it is outdated.
December 13th, 2011 - Eugene-772245 said:
Agreed Cataldo, I wear a veil when in the church precincts for whatever reason. Its not a fashion statement I must admit but after all, am only there for prayers and not self marketing. In church, its about God but not me and would be truly sorry if I stole his show.
December 11th, 2011 - Cataldo-787443 said:
Quote Eugene "Sometimes our hairdo make us center of attraction during mass but veils level this". It's really good wearing a veil, as often people get distracted...at the same time is a devout sign of respect and purity...(and female beautiness is absolutely not diminished but exalted!)
October 15th, 2011 - Jackie-693927 said:
When I was a little girl, we had to cover our heads for Mass. It seems like most women wore mantillas (was that just in South Texas?). I would like to see it returned as it is a sign of respect, but I'm afraid that now the head coverings would become a big fashion issue.
January 29th, 2011 - Susannah-671120 said:
Hmm, I can see how it could be distracting to some, but I wouldn't say that them being noticed is a bad thing, more of a good one. The point is to show honor and glory to God and also (some have to learn this because it is not widely understood as it once was and is supposed to be) is for the purpose of there being less distraction by the women hiding (what often can draw especially mens attention) the loveliness of their hair and personal beauty under it (if often can block some side view of the face as well). More importantly, it is a time to focus on Christ and what you are about to receive. The people around have far less to do with the decision of wearing a veil than the realization of being in the presence of Our Lord and King does, and the respect that reality should entail.
January 13th, 2011 - Susannah-671120 said:
I am enjoying reading everyones posts, I thought I would jump in and share some things that might help in thinking about why...or how about why not wear a veil. Here is a little portion from a site I would like to share.
Because of the Angels
"That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels" wrote St. Paul in 1 Cor. 11,10. The invisible hierarchy should be respected because the Angels are present at Christian liturgical assemblies, offering with us the Holy Sacrifice with the honor due to God. St. John the Apostle wrote:
"And another Angel came and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense that he might offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which is before the throne." ( Rev. 8:3, see also Matt. 18:10.)
They are offended by a lack of reverence at mass, just as they abhorred King Herods acceptance of adoration from the people of Jerusalem:
"But immediately an angel of the Lord struck (Herod) down, because he had not given honor to God, and he was eaten by worms, and died." (Acts, 12:23).
There are more articles and sections from this site that are very informative. Some things might seem way out there, but read before judging them, they are not made up from peoples opinions, they are simply put together from Popes, saints,... those whom we look to for example.
October 4th, 2010 - Gabrielle-621722 said:
I think it is very holy for some women to wear chapel veils. That being said it is not for everyone. I once dyed a white chapel veil pink because I wore it a few days after I dyed my hair and got caught in the rain. Vatican II made it acceptable for women to not wear a chapel veil and there is certainly a movement to bring it back... but it isn't required or necessary. I mean it seems silly for a woman to HAVE TO wear one.
June 29th, 2010 - Peter-44842 said:
Attire and disposition should be respectful. Does this warrant a return to the Catholic equivalent of the Hijab? Kind of doubt it. If individuals feel more reverent in veils, great, go ahead. My own guess is reverence begins in the heart.
As Jonathan notes, if my virtue and attention are already that fragile, a piece of cloth probably won't do it. Those inclined to use the aisle as a fashion show will get around most any standard, short of robes and blinders on all. Perhaps next to the "crying room" we could reserve a few pews for adults who come in tight shorts or red Chuck Taylors or whatever [ yes, only kidding ]
Other than that, I'll let the leadership fret about dress codes, and keep my head down and concentrate on the Mass.
May 24th, 2010 - Alina-544517 said:
Growing up in Poland,I loved to go to that little village church,whenever I visited my grandma's homestead.Men at the left,woman at the right,all heads covered,wearing dresses.If couples wanted to sit together,they did so in the back pews on left or in upper choir.No short sleeves,shorts,tank tops,tight,revealing clothes-Crucified Christ didn't have to suffer scourges and flogging for that worship attire,men could receive the Holy Communion with pure hearts,not being distracted by the sin of the lustful eye forced upon them.I was amazed Coptic Orthodox Catholics practice it till this day,and they receive the Holy Communion barefoot...something to ponder upon ,alina
March 18th, 2008 - El-310303 said:
Just wondering if anyone can explain why in the Jewish religion men wear head coverings and women do not (unless they are married orthodox) but for Catholics the head covering was (and apparently for some still is) for women. It would be condsidered very rude for a man to leave his hat on during Mass and he should remove it before entering church. Yet for Jewish men the yalmaka (sorry for the spelling) serves to remind them that God is always above.
Can anyone enlighten me?
March 12th, 2008 - Bernard-2709 said:
What about men (says Eve #301364) ? I wear a suit and tie to Mass. How about keeping the good traditions alive.While the law has changed,this is a good tradition to keep alive.Everyone
should wear their best clothes to Mass.After all, Christ is the KIng of Kings.He is really present on the Altar.Think about it.You would do the same for the Queen of England if invited.She isn't even Catholic!
March 11th, 2008 - Gerald-283546 said:
My understanding is that the Tradition, going back to St. Paul, is as follows: women cover their hair because the hair is the glory of a woman. She covers it in church in modesty so she doesn't distract men and compete with other women. It is a form of modesty. Likewise, men take off their hats because a man's job is the glory of a man, and Traditionally the hat identified your job or profession and therefore status in life. So, a man removed his cap as a form of modesty, so all men were equal before the Lord. Both Traditions are sensible, it seems to me. However, men generally don't wear caps anymore unless police or military. However, women still entice men and compete with each other in the beautiful hair category at church, so why not? If you wear a veil it shows you are modest and willing to be plain and simple before the Lord. It is God and our souls that should be our focus at church, not our bodies. However, only the strongest of men can resist enjoying the beauty of a woman's hair. If you cover it there, you are acting charitably. There are other places where it is appropriate to display.