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.
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.
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.
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.