As you know, veiling is a big part of the Old Rites of the Catholic church and we all know the reasons why we should veil.
However, when and where did the practice of veiling originate from?
A lot of people think that veiling originated with the Muslims or the Jews. This is simply not true.
Jewish women veiled, for sure, but veiling itself was a common practice of the day.
It was done primarily for cultural reasons than for religious reasons.
What about Muslims? Hasn’t veiling always been part of the Islam religion?
Yes, it has, but you must also remember that Christianity predates Islam.
In actual fact, veiling and covering of the hair for religious reasons began with Christian women, following St. Paul the Apostle’s exhortation in the First Book of Corinthians.
Not only did Orthodox Christian women begin veiling in the early 700, Muslims were influenced to veil by Byzantine Christians.
Veiling for religious reasons originated in Christianity, in the Catholic Church.
In fact, veiling is such an important part of our Christian and Catholic faith that one must if one is truly Christian if one does not veil in God’s Holy place, Church.
Even Protestants understand the importance of veiling and you will see a lot of Protestant denominations require a head covering of some sort for church services.
If apostates like Protestants cover their hair for church, why don’t we Catholics?
We are to pass on the traditions handed down to us otherwise we are no better than apostates who have fallen away from the faith or who cherry-pick aspects of Christianity to suit their own whims.
If your God allows you to pick and choose from Catholic doctrine and tradition, then the God that you are serving is yourself.
This in itself is a grave sin, for it is a violation of the First Commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
If you are new to veiling, now is a great time to begin this beautiful and ancient Catholic tradition for this month is a Marian month, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who herself is our perfect model for womanhood and femininity.
Our Lady, She Who Shows the Way, pray for us!
ad Jesum per Mariam
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This is a fascinating article, as I have never really thought of wearing a veil simply for mass. I remember my grandmother always wearing one, but my mother did not. I have only worn a veil for my rechristening/First Communion and my wedding, although I was raised as a girl in a very Marian tradition.
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