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How to Wear a Mantilla

July 2, AD 2012 13 Comments

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  • meg

    Hi! Just a short comment re: mantilla – it’s a Spanish word pronounced: man-tee-a –
    cute video . .

  • Ink and Quill

    Thanks, Meg. I was about to do that >_>;

    Regarding the hat situation–I have a 20’s style cloche I wear to Mass sometimes. It’s a great head covering and gets all the little old ladies reminiscing about the hats just-like-that they used to wear.


  • Grace

    Hi I always wondered about the mantilla. Thanks for the video. I actually had a friend who would wear it whenever she went to mass or adoration. I’m not quite sure about the hat though. To be honest I think anything other than the mantilla would be very distracting, especially the bright colored scarf and the poofy type hats. I would think wearing one’s hair in a simple fashion to mass would suffice.

  • Megan

    So cute! I know a lot of girls who will love this. Here also are some suggestions from Jewish women:
    (And take note of the pronunciation of “mantilla” mentioned above.)

  • Ronny

    The idea that a woman’s hair is more distracting than a woman’s mantilla is laughable. The one lady at our parish who wears one is obviously the distraction for others. The mantilla may have its merits otherwise, but reducing distractions is not one of them.

  • Jen

    Got to agree with Ronny. My husband would laugh if I wore one. He would laugh all through Mass. Personally, I think they’re pretty. I would enjoy wearing one because I think it would look better than my boring ol’ hair. Of course none of these are reasons to wear one. And as to symbolizing union with God… I dunno. Why not wear it ALL the time in that case? Why take it off outside of church? The menonites don’t. But we’re Catholic, so now I’m confusing myself…

  • Abigail C. Reimel

    Love the video! Just wanted to share a St. John Chrysostom quote about the mantilla that I find particularly moving and beautiful:

    “Woman, because she was created by being drawn from man’s side, is constantly trying to return to him. She desires the original unity of one flesh and one bone. The desire for unity between man and woman is a mirror of the relationship between Christ and the soul. As woman longs for union with man in human relationships, she is also drawn to unity with God. He calls her to become one with Him: to come under His side and become flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. This occurs during reception of Eucharist. The covering of the head with a veil symbolizes the reality of woman sheltered in the side of her Source and becoming one with Him. She becomes covered and hidden in her Divine Spouse.”

    God bless!

  • Emily

    As a veiler, I just want to add my two cents about veiling:
    It’s not because I think I can seduce the men around me with my frizzed out mess of over-dyed yellow blonde hair.
    It’s for the following reasons:
    One is that veiling uniquely points to the mystery of woman- think of things that are veiled at Mass. The only others are [traditionally, at least] the chalice and the tabernacle. They hold the precious Body and Blood of Christ within them- they hold LIFE within them, just like woman is able to do- she is life-giving, like Christ, and that is her unique feminine role in God’s Will for humankind. So, it’s an assertion of holy femininity.
    The second is that I am at a Divine and Mystical Wedding- and who is the Bride? I AM!
    That’s why little girls receiving their First Holy Communion wear crowns and veils- because they are the bride, and their clothing is meant to reflect that! When it comes to the Liturgy, the physical realm of the senses reflects the transcendent and eternal. Veiling is a part of that. It’s not because hair is intrinsically sinful or anything like that, it’s because why would you go to your own wedding in jeans and a T-shirt? Wouldn’t you want to wear a pretty dress and veil? Isn’t that every girl’s dream?
    As for not wearing veils all the time, you aren’t always in the Presence of the Bridegroom, [in the sense that you are during Mass or Adoration] so there’s no need to keep your head covered at all times.
    Hope this helps!

  • Emily L.

    Great comments by the Emily above me, I can’t add anything to that. I wear a veil out of respect for the Blessed Sacrament, and though it does take some getting used to I find it completely appropriate and non-distracting to wear. For me, the simplest way to keep your veil on your head is to attach a small hair comb on the inside of the veil, right near the edge of the lace. Stick it in to your hair, a bit farther back on your head so it won’t hang in your face, and voila! Non distracting, secure for the duration of your Mass or Adoration visit. Don’t mess with tying or pinning it, trust me. Fighting with a veil throughout Mass is completely distracting for yourself and everyone else around you.

  • DJ Hesselius

    Love this! In the winter, I frequently wear a tam. Else, a chapel veil. If the fabric/lace allows, bobby pins will keep the veil under control so that when wearing the “normal” way, it doesn’t fall into your face.

  • Aunt Stephanie

    We Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem wear black mantillas with our capes. No one ever ties hers. Bobby pins, combs, headbands and clips work well to hold them in place. My mantillas are made of delicate Spanish lace and I would never ever tie them. As far as wearing them to regular Sunday Mass — that’s a personal choice however I think it more distracting. But, if you do choose to wear a mantilla, don’t wear jeans or casual clothes to church!

  • Peter Rother

    Cute video. Blessings on the ladies who choose to wear mantillas. My wife and daughters do not. Yet we all knelt in suits and dresses (in accordance with our proper sex) on the pavement during the stages of the Corpus Christi procession.