Veiling For Mass: How Young Is Too Young?

Veiling in the presence of Our Lord at Mass is part of both Biblical teaching and Church tradition, and as such it is to be taught and obeyed.

Following the launch of Vatican 2, veiling fell into disuse, as with many other beautiful Church traditions.

However, I am so pleased to see that it is making a comeback within the Church, especially among Traditional Catholics.

I shared a picture on my Facebook page of a mother and her baby, veiled for Mass.ย  Someone made a comment that the child is too young to be veiling for Mass.

From what I know, there is no minimum age requirement for veiling. Church & Biblical teaching is that females (young and old) are to be veiled.

However, I understand that there are some people who, not understanding the full significance of veiling may think that:

  • It is inappropriate for babies
  • It is impractical because babies can get very fussy about things tied to their head.

Veils come in many different styles for both adults and children.

There are infinity veils like this

Mantilla veilsย like this

Even veil bonnets like this

Eastern Christians and those in North African countries tend to veil this way.


For children under 9 months, a baby bonnet is perhaps the most practical form of veiling.

Children 9 months plus can wear the more usual styles of veils.

On the one hand, I believe that the earlier one begins veiling their daughter, the sooner she gets accustomed to the practice of veiling.

On the other hand, I also believe that perhaps one should only start veiling one’s daughter when she is about 18 months.

Perhaps there is no one right way to veil little girls, so the choice is yours, whichever route you decide to take and whatever veil style you decide to use.

In any case, veiling is a beautiful tradition that reminds us womenย and girlsย of how very special and precious we are in the eyes of God.

To learn about the real reasons we veil, click HERE.

THIS TALK also provides valuable information on the significanceย of veiling in the Traditional Mass.

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One thought on “Veiling For Mass: How Young Is Too Young?

  1. My own view on this has changed in that I used to believe that girls should only be required to veil (or cover generally) after their first Communion. But I do now think it is something – like modesty – which should be part of a girls upbringing from as early as possible.


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