When I was a kid growing up the women always covered their heads. It was a requirement of canon law that has since been repealed.
But nobody wore those hideous long veils you often see today, they were like cute little doilies and often were just nice little hats. The long tatted and crocheted veils are now a long-running fad among traditionalists, as if they must exaggerate the fact that they have their heads covered. It looks to me that it might be a Spanish style of head covering but I’ll never know. My grandmother would never have worn it.
I appreciate the modest dress, but some people come in dressed like Amish, and I don’t know where they get that from. We never used to dress that way, business suit for Dad, a nice print dress on Mom and the girls with maybe a little ribbon or lace and a tie and ironed slacks on the boys.
Similarly, I remember well the incense that was used at high Masses, especially on Holy Days, but I’ll tell you I never experienced the billowing clouds of incense they use now, at least I don’t remember it that way.
The traditionalist Masses I have attended in recent years seem to exaggerate some details like that as if to announce; “here we are, doing our Mass, just try and stop us”!
So that’s my geezer commentary on the “new” latin Mass, and fashion police report. No offence intended.
Michael, that sinner