Sunday, 31 August 2014

Extraordinary Mantillas!

As long as a lady covers her head inside a Church, many believe, it does not really matter whether it is with a lace embroidered mantilla or a raincoat hood!
Veiling shows submission first and foremost to Almighty God and it is the act of head covering to make oneself aware that He is great and we are small.

A headscarf or hood might suffice if we have no other form of head covering, but these mantillas are extraordinary!

Gold glorious gold!  A vintage, gold floral pattern in black by Robin Nest Lane (details in side bar)

Intricately embroidered Wedding Veil - wholly Catholic!

Spanish style silver veil with large flowers and lace edging, also by 'Robin Nest Lane.'

Beautifully flowing white mantillas. The one with the butterfly and flowered motif is so pretty and unique.

A Russian Old Believers Bridal veil. The Old Believers separated themselves after 1666 from the Russian Orthodox Church in a protest against Church reforms brought in by Patriarch Nikon.

An exquisite pale and darker blue, lace mantilla with gorgeous roses adorning the sides. This is handmade by my friend Gail of 'Peter's Bride' on Etsy. 

Late 12century veil - the beautiful and determined Queen Isabella of England.

Lastly, an extraordinary Chapel Veil case to keep your mantillas clean and safe. Isn't this one utterly perfect for Holy Mass?

'But the fruit of the Spirit is; charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity.'

Galatians 5: 22-23

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mother and Child

Not only does a Mother veil to show reverence and humility towards God Himself - decreasing herself, so He can increase - it also is an example to any children she may be blessed with, especially her daughters. Teaching them from babyhood that veiling is about focusing upon God, humbling oneself in His presence and being modest and respectful, is a seed which will be sown into all aspects of their lives.

A Mother and Baby in the Russian Orthodox Church. Baby's head is also covered as is custom within the Orthodox way of life.

In the Ukraine Church the Mother's wear a beautiful, full head covering and the little girl's veil in either mantillas or head scarves.

A group of Mothers and daughters -learning by example. These are such modest style veils.

A Russian Orthodox Mother wearing a beautifully bright scarf and her young daughter wears a pretty hat. 

Babies make their First Holy Communion within the Eastern Church. Note the traditional vestments, sacred Communion cloth and the Mother is veiled in white.

Little Grace Therese wearing a veil in Holy Mass...she is aware that we always cover our heads when entering the House of God. 

Lastly, let us always look to Our Blessed Mother for the best example of modesty and humility. 

'Let us run to Mary, and as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with perfect confidence.'

St Francis de Sales