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You wore a mantilla to mass?


Well, yes, tonight I did. A veil. Head covering.

I used to wear a mantilla to mass more often than not.
And then I stopped. For a variety of reasons.
I wear a mantilla nowadays every now and then.
Tonight was a then.
Candlemas. Mass in the Extraordinary Form. And as I climbed out of the car, late, rushed from work, sweating unladylike in the heat, wearing a short skirt and pink pigtails…well, in that one second something nudged me and I reached into the glovebox of the car and grabbed my black mantilla.
Wearing the mantilla in mass reminded me of why I used to enjoy the wearing of the mantilla….I felt like my eyes were forced to concentrate on Our Lord, on Holy Mass…and not on shoes ( my far too often mass preoccupation) ..
Another case of those externals helping the internal..the internal disposition to prayer.
Of course, who knows when I will wear a mantilla again. God forbid that I become a mantilla policeman, making rules for myself, sticks with which to beat myself.
But the mantilla was a reminder, an encouragement tonight.
Sometimes, I deal with sour expressions, usually on other women, when they see me with my veil. I have a method for dealing with this: smile, nod and acknowledge them quietly “hello”. The smile you wear underneath the veil goes a long way towards placating those who think the veil is a throwback to some legendary era when women were slaves. Why veil
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1 thought on “You wore a mantilla to mass?”

  1. I know how much you love liturgy and one thing that really struck me as I began wearing a mantilla to Mass with the rest of my TLM parish is that I could not imagine a veiled woman, dressed modestly, as an altar server, "extraordinary minister" or reader (much less "priestess" – if there ever could be such a thing). It just doesn't jive! Nor does a veiled woman jive with the clown masses and other types of masses that are such a sacrilege. It's no wonder the practice was abandoned at the same time all the other liturgical abuses began. Without some of those externals as you say there is really a little bit less of a nudge to keep the internals in check.

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