A friend forwarded me a sale notice from “Veils by Lily”, a company/apostolate that sells chapel veils for ladies to wear in church – also called mantillas.
More and more women are re-discovering the venerable tradition of wearing a veil while in Church, a beautiful scriptural practice, spoken of by St. Paul himself in his First Letter to the Corinthians. Over at EWTN there is a helpful FAQ, which I would encourage you to read, explaining the proper moral sense of this passage and also addressing previous Church laws and practices.
For those who might be starting to hyperventilate right now, let me be clear: I do not think that women must wear veils in church. (I do think that all – men and women alike – should dress modestly in church!) However, I do think that it is a beautiful practice, and I recognize that it had a strong place in our Church’s history. I find it perplexing that this practice was so hastily discarded in the 1960s and 70s, as if it was suddenly harmful or erroneous. I’m glad that some people are learning to appreciate this tradition, and also that they can generally do so nowadays without getting judgmental stares from others.
Lily notes on her web site that December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, is Wear the Veil Day. Read more about it here and here. For those ladies who have been thinking about adopting this practice, maybe now’s the time to purchase a fitting veil and prepare to begin using it at Mass and Eucharistic Adoration starting on December 8th!
So take a look at Lily’s site and sale. The sale runs from today until Monday, Dec. 1st!