Over the weekend, I received a special gift. I was given a chapel veil that belonged to a very dear member of our family who passed away ten years ago. She was chosen to be my daughter’s Godmother because she was such a great spiritual role model. I looked up to her and miss her much.
Today, I “tried it out,” so to speak. I made a little visit to the adoration chapel, and put on the veil before entering. To my surprise, the monstrance that held Jesus had been covered, because (apparently) the last adorer had to leave before the next one arrived. Jesus and I were alone! I knelt down before Him in a rush of awe that I was in the presence of my King – Just us two! Then I gently lifted the satin veil covering my Lord. Again I knelt before Him. I did feel more humbled in His presence with my head covered. It felt appropriate and strangely natural. Maybe there is something to this old time practice! I’ve been doing some internet research on the theology behind this tradition.
In doing so, I stumbled upon a great video on the topic of wearing a chapel veil in the presence of the Holy Eucharist – beautiful testimonials by a few women – great food for thought!