First a little information about myself. I am a convert. I made my profession of faith in 2004. Currently I am an Aspirant in the OCDS and will receive my Scapular at our ceremonies in May. I have noticed that a very small minority of women cover their heads at Mass, though more do at our OCDS meetings than at my parish. This has raised some questions for me.
I have asked my priest about it and I understand the reasons of modesty and submission. I know what St. Paul writes about a woman praying with her head uncovered. I also know that because of the culture at that time, for her to have her hair uncovered or to cut her hair immediately identified her as a “loose woman” at best and a prostitute at worst. Not the message you want to send at church. However in his writings on the subject he leaves it open that customs may change in the future. In terms of the Church, much like receiving in the hand or on the tongue, it is a neutral issue, and each woman can decide for herself. That being said, I have two questions for the women who choose to cover their heads.
- If you wear the veil, why do you do so?
- What do you feel when you do?
I appreciate your answers.