Thursday, February 10, 2011

Covering the head...

Fr. Z. has a post about women covering their heads at church.   This is something I have thought a lot about in recent years.  I was happy to see that a great number of women are in favor of covering their heads.    Maybe that is an artifact of the demographic of his readers.  I don't know.

Two or three years ago, I bought the above mantilla to wear to mass.  I wore it a few times.  I felt like I was being a show-off.  Like "look at me!  I am SO holy!" so I stopped wearing it.

I wish we all wore them.

I grew up wearing a veil and I miss it.  When you put on your veil, you knew you were in a "different" place.  In the presence of God.  A place set apart.  And you behaved accordingly.


  1. It's beautiful. I am beginning to understand the dress code conversations that have come up. By the time I converted everything was casual and modern, veils were not worn in my area by and large. I think your assessment about making it special is correct.

  2. When I was growing up, I don't recall anyone wearing a veil.

    They are beautiful. I do think it would be nice if women wore them, but I don't think it should be mandetory. Do you think it would be considered sexist that men don't have to wear them or some comperable requirement? Why should men get off scott free. In a Jewish temple men are required to wear yamulkes while women are supposed to wear veils. I've been to a few events at a synogogue. I've worn it and knowing that it's a respectful act toward God, I've worn it proudly. Perhaps catholic men should wear yamulkes in church.

  3. Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by the other day. I started blogging again yesterday but I am not sure it was the right thing to do. I have decided to take another break. God bless. I hope your weather improves soon too.

  4. Mary Christine,
    I also read Father Z's post and gave my vote on what I thought. I have been pondering recently about pomp and ceremony within our tradition making our everyday lives a little special at specific times. I would agree with Kathy on making our time at the Church a special time. I read what Manny said and would also suggest us men should polish our shoes before going to mass or something similar, like a clean shave (if you do not have a beard or moustache). These simple actions may help us to focus on the Mass before we arrive at the Church.