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.”