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It has been a long-standing custom in the Church for a woman to wear a veil at Mass or in the presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. Although it seems to have gone out of fashion nowadays, there is certainly nothing that prevents a woman from continuing this practice, and it is a commendable one for many reasons.

For one, Paul tells us in 1 Cor 11:2-16 that when a woman veils herself at Mass, she is acknowledging the headship of Christ and the authority of her husband (or father, if she is single) who is called to represent the headship of Christ in her life. "For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior" (Eph 5:23).

Paul also says that a woman's long hair is "her pride," or her glory (1 Cor 11:15), and rightly so. Women should celebrate all that makes them distinctly feminine, and often times, there is nothing more beautiful than a woman's hair! But, in the Mass, where we are called to humbly present ourselves before the Almighty God, we must, as St. John the Baptist says, "decrease so that he may increase" (Jn 3:30). So, a woman veils herself so that all glory will be given to God and not to herself.

Thirdly, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, vessels of life are often veiled. In the Old Testament, the "Holy of Holies" - the place where the life of God in the Ark of the Covenant resided - was separated from the rest of the Temple by a veil. In Mass, the chalice that holds the Blood of Christ is veiled until the Offertory. In between Masses, the ciborium that contains the Body of Christ is veiled inside the tabernacle. These are, as Jesus himself tells us, the sources of our spiritual life (cf. Jn 6:53). Finally, Mary, who consented to bring the life of Christ to the world, is almost always pictured with a veil on her head.

Like Mary, women have been given the sacred privilege of being co-creators with God by bringing new life into the world. As such, they often veil themselves in Mass, as a way of promoting due reverence for their unique, God-given purpose as vessels of life. Wearing a veil is also a way of imitating Mary, who is the pre-eminent role model for all women.

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Why do women wear a veil over their head when going to the Catholic Mass?

Not all women wear a veil since Vatican II. Those who do wear the veil, wear them out of reverence of the Eucharist (Jesus). During Vatican I women had to have their head covered when inside the church.

Should a Catholic woman wear a veil?

Catholic women were required to have their heads covered in Church according to the Code of Canon Law issued in 1917. This Code reflected constant Christian usage since the very beginning of the church. The Codes issued in 1983 does not contain that provision, and many Catholic women have taken its absence as a license to not wear a hat or veil in Church. As Saint Paul and most of the early Church fathers all maintain that a woman should have her head covered, it would appear that this would be the ideal, even if it is no longer required by law.

Do some Mexicans also have a traditional veil at the ceremony?

Some Catholic ceremonies involve the traditional use of a veil. If some Mexicans follow Catholic traditions, then some Mexicans have a traditional veil at some ceremonies.

How did Andy Biersack get the name Black Veil Brides?

his obsession with the catholic church.

Are ladies still expected to wear head veils whilst attending a Christian Christening in an Italian church?

In very traditional Catholic churches, like in Italy, you will likely see women with their hair covered. If the church chooses, they can insist you wear a veil or scarf. However, in most American churches, even Catholic churches, most women do not cover their hair.

What is a Catholic nun's headdress called?

A white coif is the what a Catholic nun's headdress is called. The black veil is worn over the coif. Catholic Answer Most Catholic nuns wear a veil, under the veil is usually a wimple and/or coif, and perhaps an underveil. Some sisters wear a coronet, and some sisters wear a bonnet.

Why do girls wear first communion veils on her first communion?

The veil has a long history in the Catholic church and was traditionally worn by women to show reverence during Mass. Although no longer used in many Western Catholic churches, the veil is still used during First Holy Communion for those receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time to show the significance of the ceremony.

What does the Roman Catholic Church think regarding women wearing a mantilla at Church?

Until very recently, Catholic women were required by canon law to veil themselves when in church. Canon 1262 §2 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law provided that: Men, in a church or outside a church, while they are assisting at sacred rites, shall be bare-headed, unless the approved mores of the people or peculiar circumstances of things determine otherwise; women, however, shall have a covered head and be modestly dressed, especially when they approach the table of the Lord. This was requirement was based on both tradition and scripture. In 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 St Paul argues that women should wear a veil when praying. Canon law no longer requires Catholic women to cover their heads in church. The 1983 Code of Canon Law did not include this requirement and, in fact, abrogated those parts of the 1917 Code not intentionally included within the new legislation (including Can. 1262 §2). This means, therefore, that Catholic women are free to cover their heads in church but are not required to do so. Following the 2007 Motu Proprio (Summorum Pontificum) many Catholic women (especially young women) have returned to the tradition of wearing a mantilla when in church. Although most commonly seen at the extraordinary form mass, some women also wear them to the ordinary form mass. Source: see web site below:

Is the draped Cross Catholic?

No, not really. Near the end of Lent, (the last two weeks) it is customary in the Catholic Church to VEIL all the crucifix's completely. "Draped" Cross, where a piece of cloth is flung over the arms of the cross is a protestant invention, which, unfortunately, has been adopted in some Catholic Churches.

Are the band Black Veil Brides catholic?

No, the band itself is not Catholic. Neither are the members of the band. Some of the members were raised Catholic, but currently most of them are Atheists.

What do females wear over there heads when they go to Catholic Church?

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What is the difference between the white veil and the black veil in the catholic church?

In the Roman Catholic Church nuns wear veils and the colours are of particular significance. Women who wish to enter the religious life are of two groups: 1) postulants and 2) novices. Postulants are women who have entered a religious house on a "trial basis" so that they may discover if they have a true vocation to religious life in a convent. These women are not required to take vows ie. poverty, chastity and obedience. Most often postulants are not required to wear a veil but if they do, it is a short veil of a dark colour, most often black. If they feel this is the life for them and the Mother Superior feels they are suitable candidates, they move on to the next stage and are accepted into the community of the convent as novices. At this stage the novices are expected to adopt the habit ( the long robe of a nun) along with the white veil which is a symbol of purity. Novices also take temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. After a period of 3 to 5 years novices have their last chance to opt out of the religious life, because it is at this point that they are required to take permanent vows and adopt the black veil. The Church uses the colour black as a symbol of sorrow, repentence and in the case of these nuns as a symbol of their desire to live a life of obscurity in the service of God.

Are there monks and nuns in a Methodist Church?

Until the early 1970s there were a handful of Methodist communities of "nuns". They took simple vows (not the solemn vows of Catholic nuns), and engaged in teaching and Bible-missions. Some wore grey dresses and starched collars with a short veil. Never numerous, they are now gone from the church.

What is a type of Muslim veil beginning with y?

Yashmak is a word for a Turkish type of veil that is worn by some Muslim women.

What are the Roman Catholic artifacts?

It's just Catholic, not Roman Catholic. Roman is an epithet first commonly used in England after the protestant revolt to describe the Catholic Church. It is never used by the official Catholic Church.. . Attached below is a link to the Wikipedia page on relics associated with Our Blessed Lord, two of the most famous are the Shroud and Veil of Veronica. See link below the Answer box:

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What is a shall in baptism?

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What does the veiling of the bride symbolize?

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What is a niqab?

A niqab is a veil which entirely covers the face, worn by some Muslim women.

Is veil a new born cow?

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What is the historical meaning of the black veil?

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How did Black Veil Brides get their name?

Andy got the idea when he found out about catholic nuns giving up their lives to god and marrying the church in black veils. Andy has said that although he is not catholic or religious, he respects the religion and what it stands for. Hope this helped :)

Are Black Veil Brides satanic?

No, they are not Satanic. They are not Christian or Catholic either. Black Veil Brides is not a religious band.

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