Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Leading by example.

Little girls will only want to wear a mantilla for Church if their Mothers lead by their example. It is not just the wearing of the mantilla of course, it is the reason behind it, and this often shines through from the Mother onto the child. Sheer love for God, the knowledge and understanding that He is among us, that we are little, He is King. 

A mantilla helps a little girl to feel reverent, like modest clothes do too.

They then desire to be holy within a little Russian Orthodox girl lights a candle with her white scarf neatly on her head.

A beautiful lemon yellow lace mantilla by 'Robin Nest Lane', details in the side bar. A gorgeous collection of coloured, lace veils.

A small head peeps over the pew- a pale pink mantilla for this little one.

Even a toddler can feel the reverence a head covering allows. 

A sweet Russian Orthodox girl wearing pure white.

Grace Therese in her white lace mantilla at a Nuptial Mass. 

'Holiness is a disposition of the heart that makes us humble and little in the arms of God, aware of our weakness and confident of His Fatherly Goodness.'

St Therese of the Child Jesus.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Brides of Christ

All Orthodox orders of Nuns still clothe themselves appropriately in full habits and veil. It is a beautiful sign of faithfulness and surrender to God to wear the habit of a religious order and one which is, tragically, not essential in some more modern orders.
Before a lady makes her Solemn and final vows to sacrifice her entire life to Jesus, she will spend some time as a novice. She will deny herself earthly things and live within the chosen order. May God Bless the courageous and holy women who have given up their lives for Christ. 

As her beautiful flowing tresses are cut off, this Russian Orthodox Novice prepares for her life with Christ and to receive her veil.

Carmelite Novices in 1944 wearing traditional bridal wear; a very beautiful sight.

Making her vows in pristine white.

Carmelite novices dressed as Brides of Christ.

A lovely Bride of Christ praying with her lighted candle.

Sr Miriam Rose fully veiled in a Wedding dress after she made her vows as a Carmelite Novice.

May God bless all women who selflessly give themselves to Christ Jesus.

'For God hath not called us unto uncleanness , but unto sanctification.'

1 Thessalonians 4;7