Why Women Ought to Cover Their Heads in Church
Pauly Fongemie, Web Master

Galatians: Chapter 4

[4] But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law:
[5] That He might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons.

1 Corinthians: Chapter 3

[16] Know you not, that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
[17] But if any man violate the temple of God, him shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy, which you are.

1 Corinthians: Chapter 11

[1] Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.
[2] Now I praise you, brethren, that in all things you are mindful of me: and keep my ordinances as I have delivered them to you.
[3] But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
[4] Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraceth his head.
[5] But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.
[6] For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn. But if it be a shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head.
[7] The man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.
[8] For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.
[9] For the man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man.
[10] Therefore ought the woman to have a power over her head, because of the angels.
[11] But yet neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord.
[12] For as the woman is of the man, so also is the man by the woman: but all things of God.
[13] You yourselves judge: doth it become a woman, to pray unto God uncovered?
[14] Doth not even nature itself teach you, that a man indeed, if he nourish his hair, it is a shame unto him?
[15] But if a woman nourish her hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.


In her excellent work, ON THE CONTRARY, Chapter 9, "The Glorious Rib", Solange Hertz teaches us the full implication of the above New Testament citations, that is, the order of creation and woman's purpose; that when women succumbed to the heresy of feminism she altered God's ordained order in nature, thereby bringing ruin not only to her true glory but destroying society which is now in spiritual, moral and social crisis, complete chaos. One of the manifestations of this disorder is the almost abandoned custom of women covering their heads in church.

You know, it is very interesting to contemplate how this occurred, at least in the Catholic Church, here in America. If you are old enough to recall that when the "New Mass" was imposed on the laity who never asked for these changes, through deception and with uncharitable means, there was no corresponding document forbidding the wearing of head veils or hats for women, who had always worn them. There was something in the New Mass itself that lent itself to such denudement, that unleashed a diminished capacity for modesty and a sense of place, as if the disordering of the Liturgy spread throughout society. When the ordained order of the altar's orientation and the priest's, was reversed so contrarily, no where ordered by Vatican II, a nihilism of violence pervaded every aspect of our Catholic lives, almost imperceptibly at first, thereby ever the more insidious. As women in America became more and more immodest in clothing, so did Catholic women. The confluence of these two events did the rest.

Without any order, command from the priest, women just suddenly stopped covering their heads at Mass and in church, as if they had given themselves permission to imitate the old Eve, rather than the new Eve, Mary. And the rest is history as the saying goes.  Even more interesting to note is the fact that men did not start covering their heads, but retained the customary practice of removing their hats when entering the church. In other words, once again the disorder began as it did in the Garden with the serpent: woman wanting her will, come Hell or high-water, and Hell it came once more. When women were willing to degrade their honor in such unfashion, to coin a pun, they became the objects of every form of degradation: one has only to have read the news accounts for that last forty years to know what is meant by that phrase. Removing our head coverings did not cause one direct act of these degradations, but the removal signaled that we no longer were interested in modesty as the genteel sex; that the order established by God was secondary to our will.

Solange Hertz's chapter includes a brilliant synopsis of the two strengths and weaknesses of the complimentary sexes and the underlying dynamic that operates in human relations. She also discusses the importance of hair, using various Scriptural accounts that involve the importance of matter, specifically hair, including the shorter hairstyles worn by so many women. For a time I was one of them, when in rebellion as an early "feminist" who received the merciful grace from God to wake up in time. I have kept my hair long ever since, but worn up in the manner appropriate for an old woman, and I dug out my old mantillas and have worn them ever since.

If you are not covering your heads at Mass and in church, woman, I urge you to reflect on the above passages from St. Paul and to purchase the book, link provided once more below, for the precise page where the book is listed, and read that chapter, which alone is worth the price of $12.50. Until all women or enough of us are once more covering our heads in church, sending a clear signal to mankind, that God's ordained order is essential and cannot be dismissed without ruinous consequences, chaos will be queen, instead of Our Lady. I have also provide a link for the purchase of veils, modestly priced, to match the necessary modesty.

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