Laudetur Iesus Christus!
Nunc et in æternum! Amen.
Sooooo … you or someone you know is thinking about veiling?
Anywho, on this page you will find everything you need to know about the Catholic tradition of women veiling in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. I am determined to do what I can to bring awareness to it, tell the real story behind it (not the feminist BS story), and other things associated with veiling (including where to buy veils!).
With all of that said, below you will find links to those very things! Please feel free to share this page with those you think may be interested!
The “Why?” of Veiling:
The “How?” of Veiling:
Personal Testimonies about Veiling:
“A Few Reasons to Wear the Veil at Mass” via Ignitum Today
Posts from Catholic Sistas: here and here
Posts via Father Z: here and here
Why I love my chapel veil! via Fide et Literis
Ladies in Lace: Catholic Women and Veiling via Austin Catholic New Media
The following are my picks for places from which one can order a beautiful chapel veil/mantilla:
Veils and Mantillas: This is a business run by a “traditional wife and home school mother of 6, I lovingly create each veil in my home near the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.” She offers FREE first-class (USPS) shipping for US orders. She does custom orders too.
Veils by Lily: Veils by Lily is run by “a full-time mother of four with a special love for veiling in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.” She also offers a great variety and her veils look beautiful! She has become my go-to for my Spanish mantillas but she also has French mantillas and other styles to choose from in a variety of colors.
Rosa Mystica Mantillas: Rosa Mystica Mantilla is run by a woman who is a “veil maker … but I’m primarily a wife and mom of five.” Each veil she makes is dedicated to Our Lady (the Mystical Rose … Rosa Mystica).
Velle Mere: “Catholic, homeschooler to three great kids, conservative, and addicted to crochet and cross stitch for which there is no known cure.” She is “bringing beauty back to the Mass, one veil at a time.” These are not your typical lace mantillas, she crochets them and it sounds like if you want it in a particular color that she does not offer, just contact her and she will do it at no additional charge!
In case you feel your excitement is too great (not possible) or if you are looking for a penance with a veiling theme:
“Headcovering is thinly-veiled patriarchy” via the National catholyc Reporter (Distorter)
If you’re nervous about veiling. If you’re afraid of sticking out and of what others will say. Ask Our Lady to help you. Pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance. Veiling is a matter of personal devotion. Veiling is not a be all end all of being a faithful Catholic woman. You can be a veiling woman and a horrible Catholic and you can be a non-veiling woman and be a great Catholic. Veiling is supposed to be an external manifestation of one’s interior orientation: the Lord. We veil for the Lord. We veil out of reverence and love for the Lord in the Eucharist. Not to seem sanctimonious. Not to put women back a few decades (which is a crock). Not to belittle the women who don’t veil. We veil for Christ. It is Christ alone Whom we wish to please.
I faced some adversity for my veiling and I did stop for a while but after a while I got sick of feeling like a hypocrite (I veiled everywhere else) and I just said “Whatever. I am not doing it for anyone but the Lord. Screw what others think and say. My intentions are good.”
And I never looked back. Now I feel strange on the rare occasions I don’t cover my head.
Besides, they come in so many pretty colors and styles!
Updated (links cleaned up and text edited): 6 August 2016