Black Chapel Veil

Black Chapel Veil
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Handmade Chapel Veil - Black

This beautiful chapel veil is handmade by members of the St. Martha's Guild at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. 


THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHAPEL VEIL
Practically every bride wears a veil on her wedding day. It is an ancient symbol that is still cherished today. The Sacrament of Marriage ultimately points to the reality of the nuptial love between Bridegroom (Christ) and His Bride (Church). But the royal nuptials are a part of every Mass.
 
Every woman, even if she is not married, personifies, the Church and her bridal status. Thus, when the Church gathers to worship, every woman has the privilege of wearing a veil to signify this bridal status. By wearing a veil a woman discreetly communicates her own dignity, for we veil what we treasure and consider sacred. 
 
Just look at what is veiled in the sanctuary: the tabernacle. Like a woman with child, the tabernacle “bears” Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Since the tabernacle is sacred ("set apart"), it is not permitted that just anyone can open it to retrieve the Blessed Sacrament. The same may be said of the chalice, for only the Priest is permitted to handle it. 
 
By wearing a veil a woman reminds us that she too is a sacred vessel because of her God-given capacity to bear children, and thus deserves the respect similar to that accorded to tabernacles and sacred liturgical vessels, a respect that entails a life-long commitment from a man in the bonds of holy matrimony open to life.  This respect, moreover, goes hand in hand with the cultivation of the virtue of chastity and purity, which in turn give to both men and women the maturity that the life-long commitments of both marriage and religious life demand.  
 
Reviving the ancient tradition of wearing a veil in the church is a simple and beautiful way to foster respect for the dignity of women and manifest the perennial truth that the Church is a Bride, whose wedding with Christ we anticipate at every Mass, the dignity of the institution of marriage would also be promoted, as would the virtues of chastity and purity.





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