Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Mantilla

At Peter's Bride, the most exquisite Christmas Mantilla is being given away in turn for just a comment on the blog!

This Mantilla is made of sheer black Chantilly lace with deep red flowers and green foliage around the edge. 

Here is the link to Inspiring Peter's Bride blog-

Thank you dear Gail (Peter's bride!) for your true devotion to your apostolate by creating the most beautiful veils for women to wear and honour God.

Peter's Bride Veils can be found here; and you will be spoilt for choice!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Little drops of grace

It is especially sweet to see a little girl wearing her mantilla for Holy Mass. Most of them enjoy the lace veil and wear it with love for Jesus even at such a young and tender age. 
Teaching them to honour God in this humble way will invoke devotion and modesty whilst in Church and towards Christ. 

My little daughter, Grace Therese, 3, wearing one of her mantillas.

A small Chapel veil from Rosa Mystica Mantillas.
This mantilla ties under the chin for assurance of position!

A sweet lace mantilla which cleverly fixes on the back of the hair so little one cannot fiddle! From Etsy.

My dear friend Heather's daughter, Shannon, with three of her siblings just before Holy Mass.

A beautiful pale pink mantilla with flower...this one ties at the back of the neck for firmer hold. From Etsy.

A sweet young girl hearing Holy Mass in India- the bright red scarf covering her head modestly.

'A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it it hidden in it's shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, the pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.'

St John Marie Vianney

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Holy Orders

Veiling has always been part of what defined a lady who gave herself to Christ through Holy Orders. Very sadly, not all orders continue to veil, but many still do. They cover their heads for a similar reason as other women do; to show humility, devotion and submission to God - they have rid themselves of earthly habits and offer little sacrifices for Our Dear Lord. 

Dominican Sisters in the 1950s

A young postulant.

Sister Benedict from the Gospel of Life Order.

Entering the Carmel in Australia. 

'Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?
St Gerard Majella

Saturday, 2 November 2013

All Saints

All Saints is a beautiful feast day as we commemorate *all* the Saints in Heaven. Every Catholic gets to celebrate their own Patron(s) and all the other thousands of heroic and devout Catholics who, by their example, can help us to lead more holy lives.

Our youngest daughter, Grace Therese was 3 on All Saints. Here she is dressed for her Patroness, the Little Flower, veiled and holy!

An array of Saints; St Elizabeth of Hungary, Two Little Flowers of Jesu, St Bernadette, Blessed Theresa of Calcutta - all these exemplary female Saints wore veils of some sort to maintain their modesty and purity.

May all the Blessed Saints in Heaven pray for us now and evermore!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Wedding Anniversary Blessing

On the 22nd October, my dear husband and I have been married for 18 years. We received a beautiful Wedding Blessing in Latin straight after the Missa Cantata. As we were not married in the Holy Catholic Church, the blessings are especially precious to us. Deo Gratias!

I am wearing my blue, teal and black mantilla from 'Peter's Bride'.


A friend's Wedding Blessing. She is wearing a 1940s cotton, lace mantilla.

Our Wedding Day, October 22nd 1995, wearing a long, ivory lace mantilla.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion, such an important and beautiful day, the beginning of a child's Eucharistic life. This Sacrament is so spectacular that a child must prepare their  entire soul, mind and physical being for it. They will experience the monumental Sacrament of Holy Confession, where their sins are washed away by Christ's Precious Blood, and only then, can they approach the Holy Altar and receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Blessed Lord, a Treasure so beautiful it is hard to verbalise. The young girl's attire will be that of a young Bride of Christ, usually a white dress and matching mantilla; pure, innocent and free from all iniquity. 

My eldest daughter, Marie, who made her First Holy Communion on the Feast of Corpus Christi. 2005. She wore a Spanish mantilla which had lace edging.

Receiving Our Dear Lord in the Traditional Rite. I love the blue shawl and sash the young Communicant is wearing.

Beautiful mantilla with small Crosses, perfect for a First Holy Communion.

Pure white modest veil and dress from Zelie's Roses.

A stunning First Holy Communion veil depicting the Sacred Body and Blood of Our Lord.

'Hoc est corpus meum'

Sunday, 6 October 2013

First Holy Communion Veils...then.

First Holy Communion ; what a sacred and special time in a small child's life! It is only right that a young girl meets her Lord in perfect attire, as a young Bride of Christ. May all our young daughters love Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament all the days of their lives.

A beautiful young Holy Communicant around the late 1900s. The very long clear veil with the circle of flowers to hold it on was popular.

Five young Brides of Christ receive Him for the very first time...

1925 - A full veil with a flower style band.

A few years later and the veil remains long and full.

All in pure white, ready to meet Our Lord.

Beautiful painting depicting First Holy Communicants in a Procession following the Sacrament.

Dear St Therese of Lisieux on her First Holy Communion day on May 8th, 1884.

Pouring her love out before His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament, her mission “to make God loved” began.  Of her First Communion, in which Therese received Love Himself personally for the first time, she writes, “It was a kiss of love, I felt myself loved, and I replied, ‘I love You and I give myself to You forever.”

Monday, 23 September 2013

In days of olde

Some beautiful lace mantillas from days past. It is lovely to think that the mantilla is alive and well in many traditions today, especially within the Traditional Latin Mass community. Veiling inside a Church where no one veils is also important as it shows people just how beautiful and humble a custom it is, and with prayers, they may follow this example of wearing a head covering to honour God. 

Late 19th century lace mantilla

German cabinet card of a young woman in a lace veil.

Praying at Holy Mass in the 1950s.

Crocheted mantilla in the 1940s with roses.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

When in Spain...

A lady wearing a traditional Spanish mantilla during a Procession in Spain.

The peineta (comb) holds the mantilla in place and also elevates it to create an almost 'fan' behind the face.

A very high peineta...

During Holy Week in Spain even tiny Senoritas wear the black mantilla. I love her pearls!

Grace Therese was spotted to have made her own peineta from her rose in her hair! How very Spanish of her.

One of many different and varied peinetas. 

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Our Lady's Nativity

On this special feast of Our Lady's Nativity we look to the epitome of perfection in womanhood- Our Blessed Mother. She would have undoubtedly covered her head and always been modestly attired. Let us always keep her as the exemplary woman for our little ladies and growing girls!

'O Mary, by thy pure and immaculate conception, make my body pure and my soul holy.'

The most perfect of women.

Mary most pure, Mary most holy.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

The mantilla in art

The mantilla has been depicted in paintings very beautifully. 
These paintings show real femininity and humility. 
May we always wear our mantillas with reverence and piety, knowing we are doing so for the glory of God and so He can increase and we can decrease.

A lady at prayer.

Enshrouding the face to enable concentration in prayer.

A more traditional style mantilla.

Beautiful red veil.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Pretty in Pink!

Mantillas come in all shapes and sizes, and all colours. I think it is quite lovely to wear a matching mantilla. At Weddings bridesmaids look especially beautiful in them, as below.

Little bridesmaid Lucia looking beautiful in a bright pink mantilla and matching basket - I love the contrast of the sunny orange dress!

Kiara, Lucia's older sister also looking stunning in a pink mantilla too.

The brightly coloured mantillas look lovely on these young ladies too- I love the orange bouquet!

The Mother of the two darling girls above, Mary, looking pretty in pink. 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Black or white?

Which colour should one's mantilla be? Traditionally it has always been white for infants and the unmarried and black for married women and widows. 
Of course a lady may wear any colour and some even wear beautiful bright coloured veils, or liturgical colours- blue for Our Lady, gold or silver for Our Lord. 

A pretty little lady in a prayerful poise, wearing a white lace mantilla.

Young girls wearing pastel coloured mantillas and a lady wearing a black veil. 

There is no 'colour code' and this deep red mantilla is glorious on any age!

A stunning collection of coloured mantillas.

"Modesty in a woman is the sign
that Jesus Christ dwells in her heart.  
It is a sweet perfume of edification 
which she is called upon to diffuse."