wear veils in church (and during prayer) regardless of which Mass they
attend. From the very earliest days of the Church, women have been
instructed/required to wear veils, and this has nothing to do with
local custom or particular styles of dress. Rather, it has to do with
the fact that women have been placed in a state of subjection by
Almighty God (see Gen. 3:16, Eph. 5:22-24, Col. 3:18, etc.). As St.
Paul says in Holy Scripture, women should wear veils as a sign that they
are under authority of men (as a mark of subjection), because of the
angels, and because women who pray with unveiled heads "bring shame
upon their heads"...
"Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame
upon his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head
unveiled brings shame upon her head, for it is one and the same
thing as if she had had her head shaved. For if a woman does not have
her head veiled, she may as well have her hair cut off. But if it is
shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then
she should wear a veil. A man, on the other hand, should not cover his
head, because he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory
of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; nor was
man created for woman, but woman for man; for this reason a woman
should have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels."
(St. Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 11:4-10)
[NAB Translation, emphasis added]
Veils also protect modesty, reduce distractions, and help
protect against becoming an object of another's concupiscence. One
should further note that the so-called "exemption" in 1 Cor. 11:16 is
for women who wish to be "argumentative". But what kind of Catholic woman would want to be "argumentative" to St. Paul who wrote
under the influence of the Holy Spirit – that is, Almighty God's
Regardless of whether others do so or not, women should wear a veil at
church and for prayer.
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