Ye That Art Still, His Image Shall Be Captured
Learning About the Tradition
That Which is Veiled is a Holy Vessel
When I approached the love of my life about the idea of veiling at mass her immediate reaction was acceptance...much to my delight.
I find women in veils to be as beautiful as I imagine angels to be.
For 2,000 years, Catholic women have veiled themselves before entering a church or any time they are in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
According to St. Paul,women veil themselvesselves as a sign that His glory, not ours, should be the focus at worship, and as a sign of our submission to authority. It is an outward sign of our recognizing headship, both of God and our husbands (or fathers, as the case may be), and a sign of our respecting the presence of the Holy Angels at the Divine Liturgy. In veiling, we reflect the divine invisible order and make it visible.
Now, think of what else was veiled in the Old Testament -- the Holy of Holies!
...The Ark of the Old Covenant was kept in the veiled Holy of Holies. And at Mass, what is kept veiled until the Offertory? The Chalice -- the vessel that holds the Precious Blood! And, between Masses, what is veiled? The Ciborium in the Tabernacle, the vessel which holds the very Body of Christ. These vessels of life are veiled because they are holy!
And who is veiled? Who is the All Holy, the Ark of the New Covenant, the Vessel of the True Life? Our Lady -- and by wearing the veil, we imitate her and affirm ourselves as women, as vessels of life.
This one superficially small act is:
* So rich with symbolism: of submission to authority; of surrender to God; of the imitation of Our Lady as a woman who uttered her "fiat!"; of covering our glory for His glory; of modesty; of
chastity, of our being vessels of life like the Chalice, the Ciborium and, most especially, Our
* An Apostolic ordinance -- with roots deep in the Old Testament -- and, therefore, a matter of
* The way Catholic women have worshipped for two millennia (i.e., even if it weren't a matter of
Sacred Tradition in the intrinsic sense, it is, at the least, a matter of ecclesiastical tradition,
which also must be upheld). It is our heritage, a part of Catholic culture;
* Pragmatic: it leaves one free to worry less about "bad hair days";
* ...And for the rebels out there, it is counter-cultural nowadays, you must admit!
Traditionally, single women wear white or ivory head coverings, and married or widowed women wear black, but this isn't a hard and fast rule, and is often ignored.
Common scarves and hats are just as acceptable.
Sisters, veil yourselves, even if you are visiting a Novus Ordo parish and are the only woman to do so. Be true to Tradition, to Scripture, to your own desire to submit to God. Be not afraid... And lovingly encourage other women to do the same, teaching them what veiling means.
The Famous Botafumeiro Thurible
Eastern Rite Catholics
Maronite and Ukrainian Divine Liturgy
For those of you who are visiting Topeka I encourage you to attend the Ukrainian-rite
Divine Liturgy at a temporary chapel at Third and Van Buren streets, consecrated
Holy New Martyes Apostolate. It was canonically established by Bishop
Seminack, in May 2008 with approval by Archbishop Joseph Newmann of Kansas
City. The Ukranian Greek Catholic Church is one of 21 Particular Churches that
are blessed with full communion with the See of Saint Peter, Pope of Rome.
Origin of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, Wichita
The bustling boom times of the post Civil War era, the appeal of cheap land, and the promise of a better life had attracted a number of families of German descent to the Wichita area. Dedicated to their faith, these
German-Americans were unable to participate in local Masses where scripture readings and sermons were not in their native language. Therefore, in 1886, Bishop Louis Marie Fink (Bishop of Kansas) decided that the German speaking Catholics would have their own Church with German speaking priests.
In 1886 the northeast corner of 2nd Street and Ohio Avenue was a cornfield owned by “Buffalo Bill” Mathewson. That became the site of the new parish, named St. Boniface after the 8th Century Missionary to the German tribes. In 1887, a wooden frontier Church was built on that corner, and in 1890, German speaking Franciscans arrived to take charge of this German Parish. The Franciscans staffed the Parish until 1988.
The Parish family rapidly outgrew its wooden Church and in 1902 work began on a new brick structure designed by the Cincinnati architect, Louis Piket. The new Church would be named after St. Anthony of Padua, a 13th Century Franciscan Saint. When work began of the new Church, the Parish had raised $2,650 for that purpose. The actual building of the Church took until 1905 to complete. Based on photos and artist’s signing, the decoration of the interior was completed in 1909. The recent restoration completed in 2005 was based on those remaining photos.