Should women cover their heads in Church?
children, you must join your hands in reverence at the Sacrifice of My Son. It
is an expression of love, gratitude, and respect. Reverence and respect and
holiness must be returned to My Son's houses, churches throughout the
world-reverence, holiness, and respect from the beginning to the end of the
"Women must keep their heads covered, My child. It is not because of fashion or modes; it is because the Eternal Father and the angels demand proper deportment during the Holy Sacrifice. It offends the heart of My Son much to see that satan has taken away so much piety and holiness in His churches throughout the world." - Our Lady of the Roses, September 6, 1975
During the Second Vatican
Council, a mob of reporters waited for news after a council meeting. One of them
asked Msgr. Annibale Bugnini, then secretary of the Vatican Congregation for
Divine Worship, if women still had to wear a headcovering in church. He
responded that the bishops were considering other issues, and women's veils were
not on the agenda.
The next day, the international press announced throughout the world that women did not have to keep their heads covered in church anymore. A few days later, Msgr. Bugnini told the press he was misquoted and women must still wear the veil. But the press did not retract the error, and many women stopped wearing the veil as out of confusion and because of pressure from feminist groups.
From an article from The Atlanta Journal (June 21, 1969) entitled, "Women Required to Cover Head, Vatican Insists", it appears that Pope Paul VI instructed one of his officials to clarify the Church's unchanged discipline regarding head coverings for women: "A Vatican official says there has been no change, as reported, in the Roman Catholic rule that women cover their head in church. The Rev. Annibale Bugnini, secretary of the New Congregation for Divine Worship, said the reports stemmed from a misunderstanding of a statement he made at a news conference in May. 'The rule has not been changed,' he said. 'It is a matter of general discipline.'"
Before the revision in 1983,
Canon Law had stated that women must cover their heads. "... especially when
they approach the holy table" (can. 1262.2). But in order to reduce such a
growing collection of books, the new version of Canon Law was subjected to
concise changes. In the process, mention of head coverings was omitted.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI promulgated the new Roman Missal, ignoring mention of women's veils. But at the time the missal was published, it didn't seem necessary to keep mandatory such an obvious and universal practice.
And mention in Canon Law or the Roman Missal is not necessary to the continuation of the tradition, for it is rooted in Scripture and has been practiced ever since the early Church. Indeed, Pope John Paul II affirmed that the real sources of canon law are the Sacred Tradition, especially as reflected in the ecumenical councils, and Sacred Scripture (O.S.V. Catholic Encyclopedia, p. 169).
Sacred Scripture presents several reasons for wearing the veil. St. Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians (11:1-16) that women must cover their heads because it is a Sacred Tradition commanded by Our Lord Himself and entrusted to Paul: "The things I am writing to you are the Lord's commandments" (1 Cor. 14:37).
God has established a hierarchy, in both the natural and the religious spheres, in which the female is subject to the male. St. Paul writes in 1st Corinthians: "But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God." (1 Cor. 11:3)
And, in the institution of marriage, God gave the husband authority over the wife, but responsibility to her as well. Not only is he the family's decision maker, but he is also responsible for the material and the spiritual welfare of his wife and children. Man is not in this position to enslave or belittle the wife.
As the Bride (the Church) is subject to Jesus, women must wear the veil as a sign that they are subjected to men. "Let wives be subject to their husbands as to the Lord; because a husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is head of the Church" (Eph. 5:22-23). The man represents Jesus. Therefore he should not cover his head.
However, this subjection is not derogatory to women, because in God's kingdom everyone is subjected to a higher authority: "For as the woman is from the man, so also is the man through the woman, but all things are from God." (1 Cor. 11:12). Furthermore, the symbolism of the veil takes that which is invisible, the order established by God, and makes it visible. In the history of the Church, priestly vestments have played a similar symbolic role.
It is an honor to wear the veil. But by publicly repudiating it, a woman dishonors her feminine dignity, her sign of female subjection, just as the military officer is dishonored when he is stripped of his decorations.
The Roman Pontifical contains the imposing ceremonial of the consecration of the veils:
"Receive the sacred veil, that thou mayst be known to have despised the world, and to be truly, humbly, and with all thy heart subject to Christ as His bride; and may he defend thee from all evil, and bring thee to life eternal" (Pontificale Romanum, de benedictione).
St. Paul says an unveiled woman is a dishonor: "But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered disgraces here head, for it is the same as if she were shaven." (1 Cor. 11:5)
"BECAUSE OF THE ANGELS"
"That is why women ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels," wrote St. Paul (1 Cor. 11:10). The invisible hierarchy should be respected because the angels are present at Christian liturgical assemblies, offering with us the Holy Sacrifice with the honor due to Almighty God.
St. John the Apostle wrote:
"And another angel came and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense that he might offer it with the prayers of all before the throne." (Rev. 8:3, see also Matt. 18:10).
They are offended by a lack of reverence at Mass, just as they abhorred King Herod's acceptance of adoration from the people of Jerusalem:
"But immediately an angel of the Lord struck [Herod] down, because he had not given honor to God, and he was eaten by worms, and died." (Acts 12:23).
The custom of wearing the veil was maintained in the primitive churches of God (1 Cor. 11:16). We see this in the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
The women of Corinth, beset by modern sensibilities, started coming to church without their heads covered. When St. Paul heard of their neglect, he wrote and urged them to keep the veil. According to St. Jerome's commentary Bible, he finally settled the matter by saying head covering was a custom of the primitive communities of Judea, "the churches of God" (1 Thess. 2:15, 3:6).
Even today, some people erroneously believe that St. Paul based the tradition on his personal opinion. They think he did not intend it to be continued in the Universal Church, but only as a local custom. This argument, however, does not conform to the Pauline spirit. After all, it was Paul who stood before Peter to change Jewish traditions in Christian churches (Gal. 2:11-21).
St. Paul reminds them, "for I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it; but I received it by revelation of Jesus Christ" (Gal. 1:12), referring to the authority of his ministry, and veracity of his words. Our Lord warns us to obey His commandments:
"He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:19).
In summary, the reasons St. Paul advises women to cover their heads in church are:
1. Our Lord commanded it;
2. it is a visible sign of an invisible order established by God;
3. The angels at Mass are offended if women don't use it;
4. it is a ceremonial vestment;
5. it is our heritage.
Christian women around the
world have other reasons to wear a hat, mantilla, rebozo, gele, scarf, shawl, or
veil. Some wear it out of respect to God; others, to obey the Pope's request, or
continue family traditions. But the most important reason of all is because Our
Lord said: "If you love me keep my commandments." (John 14:15).
We should always be ready with our bridal veils, waiting for him and the promised wedding (Apoc. 22:17), following the example of our Blessed Mother Mary, who never appeared before the eyes of men but properly veiled.
To those who still think that the veil is an obsolete custom, remember that: "Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today, yes, and forever." (Heb. 13:8).
(This article was derived from a book in progress called, The Unveiled Woman.)
"Woman must cover her head. It is a mark of respect required in the House of God. This, the angels demand." - Our Lady, March 18, 1975
These prophecies came from Jesus, Mary, and the saints to Veronica Lueken at Bayside, NY, from 1968 to 1995.
WOMEN MUST WEAR
"My child, tell all to act as good example in My Son's House. Women must wear a head covering in the holy places and in prayer. It is not because of custom; it is because the angels demand proper deportment during the Holy Sacrifice." - Our Lady, May 29, 1976
SIGN OF REVERENCE
"Observe: Women shall be meek in the presence of their husbands. We hear the call of 'liberation'! Whom shall woman be liberated to but satan!
"A man, as a figure of the Christ, my child, shall be the head of his household. So it is from the Lord.
"A woman shall adorn herself not in pearls and braided hair, but in goodness and piety and good example to her children. A woman will not expose her body as a pagan. What manner of example has she given to her children? Woe to the parent who brings scandal to her children!
"Woman, remove your arrogance! You are searching in darkness. As a sign of reverence, you will cover your head. It is not that I call it custom, my children; it is that the angels demand this in the presence of the Sacrifice, Mass!" - St. Paul, March 22, 1975
Veronica - St. Theresa is pointing to some who are approaching the altar railing, and she is pointing to their hair. There are five girls. They look like they haven't anything on their heads.. - Veronica, February 1, 1972
1 CORINTHIANS 11
Veronica - Now also in relation to a woman's head being covered during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and proper deportment within the portals of Holy Church where Jesus is residing. Now I am sure that our liberationists would not go along with us in this respect. However, this would actually signify that much of the liberation movement is being directed by satan, and not by God. Now the headdress for women--this is Saint Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 11:
Now I praise you, brethren, because in all things you are mindful of me and hold fast my precepts as I gave them to you. But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraces his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is the same as if she were shaven. A man indeed ought not to cover his head because he is the image and glory of God. But woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. (Made from man by God.) For man was not created for woman, but woman for man. This is why the woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head, because of the angels.
In other words, Saint Paul is saying that it's not just custom. This is the excuse given by the liberation movement to stop the head covering of women in the Church. Well, they say that it is custom only in Saint Paul's time. But that is not true because Saint Paul explains, and these are the words direct from God through Saint Paul, that you must have your head covered. It is proper deportment in the eyes of the angels. - Veronica, April 1, 1978
ST. PAUL: YOU DERIDE HIM
"You must read the Bible and act upon it. Cast not aside the teachings of the founders of My Son's Church. Saint Paul, you revile and deride him. You cast him aside, and why? So that you can write and rewrite the words of your God to suit your own basic carnal human nature." - Our Lady, July 25, 1977
"You will make it known to the world, My child, that the Father is much distressed by the manner in which His Son, My Son, comes to you in the Eucharist. Many are bringing Him with disrespect.
"Do not discount in your daily lives the little things, My children, for they add up and make a multitude of offenses to the Father. The angels command respect to My Son. You will cover your heads when you pray." - Our Lady, November 23, 1974
NOT BECAUSE OF FASHION
"My children, you must join your hands in reverence at the Sacrifice of My Son. It is an expression of love, gratitude, and respect. Reverence and respect and holiness must be returned to My Son's houses, churches throughout the world-reverence, holiness, and respect from the beginning to the end of the Sacred Service.
"Women must keep their heads covered, My child. It is not because of fashion or modes; it is because the Eternal Father and the angels demand proper deportment during the Holy Sacrifice. It offends the heart of My Son much to see that satan has taken away so much piety and holiness in His churches throughout the world." - Our Lady, September 6, 1975
MARK OF RESPECT
"Women must adorn themselves in modesty. Pagan practices of diabolical music is not condoned by the Eternal Father, nor shall We condone dancing and all manner of worldly entrance within the holy houses of God.
"Woman must cover her head. It is a mark of respect required in the House of God. This, the angels demand." - Our Lady, March 18, 1975
"The irreverence given to My Son in His houses upon earth cry out to Heaven for vengeance! Women, you will not disport yourself in nakedness in My Son's House! You will cover your heads--not because you come in vanity, thinking that your hair is a beauty, or the crowning glory of your being! Look to your soul to be your crowning glory. Your hair will be covered with the worms just as your body will enter into the dust. Better that you spend your time shining your soul than glorifying your body.
"Cover your body before My Son! Do not defame and disgust Him by your presence and your acceptance of His divinity! Why, you are naked like pagans! Cover your heads! You do not follow the modernism and modes of an evil generation. No! The angels demand that all respect be given to the divinity of the Son of God in the houses throughout the world.
"Do not discount in your daily lives the little things, My children, for they add up and make a multitude of offenses to the Father. The angels command respect to My Son. You will cover your heads when you pray." - Our Lady, August 14, 1974
NOT A MERE CUSTOM
"My children, My Son, His heart is pierced by the manner in which many come to His House with disrespect, apathy, and using His House as a meeting place for all manner of abominations. In due respect on this night of the feast of the high angels in the eternal Kingdom, they demand--and Michael commands--that women must cover their heads during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is not through custom that this is asked of you. Do not be deluded by satan, My children. Women must cover their heads in respect for the Sacrifice of My Son, in respect for all laws of your God and not of man; for man now, My children, is setting up his own laws, his own rules, and man shall destroy himself in this manner." - Our Lady, September 28, 1976
COMMAND OF THE ANGELS
"My heart is torn, My children, at the manner in which you do honor to My Son in His House! The angels demand proper deportment during the Holy Sacrifice of My Son. A woman must have her head covered. It is the command of the angels who are present at the Holy Sacrifice. All flesh and nakedness shall burn with the Ball of Redemption. Cover your bodies! They are temples of the Holy Ghost!" - Our Lady, November 19, 1977
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