For many years I have felt like I'm called to veil for Mass. For those of you who do not know what this is it used to be that all women wore veils when they entered the church. It is based in scripture, particularly 1 Cor 11:1-17. Veiling is a sign that you submit to God's authority in your life- that his glory is over yours. It is also a sign of modesty and chastity. It is a sign of respect, humility and obedience.
I have felt to veil for a while now but have not because I am leary of drawing even more attention to my family than is already on us each and every Sunday. I hesistate to veil because I worry that my veiling may be more of a distraction than not for others around me. Still my heart is feels the tug of the Holy Spirit drawing me to it.
I bring this up now because Veils by Lily (a Catholic friend) is giving away a mantilla (veil) on her blog. You can find the drawing here... Those of us who entered to win a mantilla were also asked to blog about them. While I would love to win one I also know that my bigger objective here is to get feedback on whether or not my veiling would be a distraction for those around me.
I feel like we should all still be veiling. I know in the Latin Rite parishes they still do. I wish that it wasn't such a struggle to decide what to do. It should be second nature to just put on a head covering before entering the Church. There are many different kinds of veils, some that don't even resemble veils but cover the head and are sufficient. They are all so very beautiful and I wish that all women wore them. I wish I wasn't so self-conscious and could just do it without regard to what others might think or say. I wish that there were others in my parish who were already wearing headcoverings or veils. I wish I didn't have to be the first one! Still, I'm drawn to it and don't particularly want to fight it anymore.