Why Headcovering? Traditional Catholic Reasons for Mantilla Chapel Veils.

This sermon explains the historic and symbolic mystery of the Judeo-Christian veil. Father really hits all the points. So enlighting! Our chapel veils are actually so much more than just dainty pieces of lace. When Father gets to talking about skirts as veils, that women should wear only, I have to say I agree to an extent, yes it's better but it's not always practical. Pants with tunics are in my opinion, fine too.

New Orleans Garden District

Strolling through the Garden District of New Orleans in July is one hot and sticky endeavor. So our pace was slow. I was with my husband.

 We read that the neighborhood had gradually been taken possession of by wealthy American Protestants over a century ago. They wanted  to get away from the Cajun population in the French Quarter. 

I'm told that was all well and fine with the French Canadians. No love was lost.

Here's Our Lady of Bonne Succor below, and I think this is a garden at author Anne Rice's home.

More beautiful houses ahead!

Such grand facades every which way we look! Clearly these people are loaded.

Beautiful manicured lawns and gardens allover.

Some Greek Revival.

Here and there you find smatterings of Roman influence. This Italianate style house below was my favorite. Isn't it lovely?

I was sorry to hear it's supposedly haunted.

I am told that New Orleans is full of ghosts.

I trust many of the stories are highly fabricated and intended to entertain the tourists.  

I believe this is the home where Confederate President Jefferson Davis passed away.

Here's  Lafayette Cemetery, one of New Orleans oldest ‘cities of the dead’. 

I've read that the Catholics were buried above ground and the Protestants, below ground. A little like oil and vinegar?

I'm here in New Orleans with my husband on a short trip. I found this lovely little shop on Jackson Square. It's called Rendezvous, Inc. and the man there sells antique linens and laces, all in fine condition.

He has beautiful baptismal gowns and lace trim by the yard. I got to talking with him and perhaps I'll send him a sample of my work. Things like custom-made bridal veils and first holy communion veils in antique lace would be fun to make and should sell well in his store.

Gracias Madre

I have a little gift for you! It's been blessed by a priest. I'm giving out these green scapulars with my veils while they last, or while I can. I ordered one hundred here, but they're going fast. I hope to order more soon. They are truly a gift, and you don't have to buy anything. If you send me a self addressed stamped envelope, I'll send you a few. You can find my address here.

With this Green Scapular, the Blessed Mother helps the lost sheep get to heaven. In this devotion, you share these little green felt patches with those who lack the gift of the Catholic faith. Ask the lost sheep to keep it with them in their purse or their wallet or something. And if they won't take it, you can hide it somewhere. Put it in their room or their car. Then you pray this little prayer for the person each day, "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen." Ask the lost sheep to pray this prayer too, if they're willing. 

Mary gave the scapular to a little French nun named St. Justine Bisqueyburu. She appeared to Sr. Justine without the veil, I like to think that she appears to souls through the Green Scapular rather like a mother attending to a sick child in need, late at night. She gave St. Justine the scapular for the conversion of those lost little ones. 

This is a powerful sacramental. Carry it with you, and give another out to those in need of God's grace. Then you pray the little prayer for the person each day.

I gave it to my brother who was sick and dying in the hospital. At first he didn't want to see the priest because he's been away from the Church for so long, for about 40 years. But I gave him the scapular and said, "Take this, it's for your spiritual protection." And he took it! And in another day's time, he was willing to have the priest come and give him the last rites. That night we went to a restaurant, me, my husband and a friend. We found this restaurant clear out of the blue, because the one we were planning to go to was closed on Mondays. But the name of the restaurant turned out to be "Gracias Madre!" You can see the pictures from the restaurant down below all the way at the bottom of this post. It's in San Francisco. 

So I've created these chapel veils for Our Mother of the Green Scapular, because she interceded for my brother, like a mother who goes to a sick child, late at night. I received a beautiful favor from the Blessed Mother for the conversion of a family member. 

Gracias Madre, Blue

Gracias Madre, White

Gracias Madre, Brown

Gracias Madre, Beige

Gracias Madre, Black

 "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen."

Queenship of Mary

Frequently Asked Questions About Chapel Veils

Frequently Asked Questions About Chapel Veils
Perhaps you might be thinking, "What's the big deal? Just put it on your head and you're good to go." To a certain extent, that's true. But so many women are new to veiling these days, and I've had enough questions emailed to me regarding the actual wearing of veils, I thought it was time to write a few words on the subject.
Q.1. When is it appropriate to wear my veil?
A.1. Anytime you're in the chapel before the Blessed Sacrament. Whether you're at the Mass, at Adoration, taking part in a Eucharistic procession, or even just chapel cleaning, it's always appropriate to cover your head. Of course  while doing the last one, you'll need something that's easily tied back for practicality's sake.
 Q.2. Where should I put on my veil?
A.2. Some ladies like to put the veil on while still in the car, others in the  vestibule, while still others wait until they're in the chapel. Do what suits you best.
Q.3. How can I make sure that my veil is on straight?
A.3. Take a second or two to make sure you've got the veil on your head correctly, and that it isn't crooked or all bunched up in the back. Run your fingers across the back of the veil, and then check to see that it's on straight in the front, and that the sides are even, by bringing the two front sides together and matching them up.
 Q.4  How can I keep my veil from slipping?
A.4.  It's certainly fine to subtly adjust your veil during Mass. Is it wrong to say it's even a little bit charming? I think it can be. But if you find the veil is constantly slipping, then perhaps a sewn-in comb or clip is the best option  for you. Another alternative is to use a bobby pin or a tiny hair claw that can be slipped in between the fibers of the lace. However this option is less  desirable, as bobby pins and hair claws can easily damage the lace if you're not careful.
 Q.5. Why do some veils tend to slip more than others?           
A.5. It all depends on the style, as some veil styles tend to slip more then others. For example, veils with lighter-weight trim in the front and heavy trim on the back are often more likely to slip, while stretch lace veils generally tend to stay on fairly well. In addition, some hair types tend to make veils slip more than others. Women with fine, silky hair tend to have more issues with slippage than those with coarser, curly hair.
 Q.6. Is there a way for me to know in advance whether a certain veil will fit well?
A.6.  Prior to putting a veil up for sale on the website, my daughters and I test all  our styles for "wearability", and I think it's important for us to do so. By  “wearability” I mean, does it fall nicely? Does it frame the face well? All veils slip a little, but does the veil slip excessively? If we feel a particular style slips a lot, then I'll mention that information on the veil's page, and that a   comb or clip is recommended.
 Q.7. How do I pick the right color?
A.7. When it comes to Chapel veils, the bottom line is to wear what you like best!  There once was a time when no one would wear white after Labor Day,   These sorts of color rules have been greatly relaxed. But, it's always good to know what the rules are--or were--before breaking them. So here are some general guidelines you may want to consider.
Traditionally married women and older women wore black, while younger  ladies and girls wore white. Was this so that the men could see which ladies  were "taken?" I'm not sure, but somehow it seems reasonable to assume that   a sort of color-coding would be useful in this regard. However, there are no longer any "official" rules dictating what colors you should wear, so feel free to express your personal preferences here.
It should be mentioned that colors can express the mood or the tone of a  given day. Certainly for a requiem Mass, the darker colors are more suitable,   even for the younger girls. While at Easter, a lighter color veil is more appropriate, regardless of age.
 Q.8. How do I pick the right style of veil?
A.8. The particular length of the season's hemlines used to be strictly dictated by the fashion industry, but now there is more room for individual taste. A general rule is that the longer the hairstyle, the longer the veil. Think of letting the veil frame the hair. For example, if you have a bob, then a half-circle veil might look really pretty.
 Q.9. What should I do if no one else is wearing a veil?
A.9. Be a trendsetter! I know that sounds paradoxical when speaking of  something as traditional as veiling, but my point is that one shouldn't let the fact that nobody else is veiling stop them, if they're veiling to please Our Lord. So it really doesn't matter if others approve or disapprove.

Enter to Win!

Take a selfie with your RM Mantilla veil and send it to veils@rosamysticamantilla.com for your chance to win! We pick a new winner once every season! You only need to enter once and you'll have a chance to win every single season. I can't wait to see your beautiful face.

Venerable Maria Carmen Gonzales (Feast 17-July)

Thanks to Sensus Fedelium for sharing this sermon on you tube:
Published on Feb 3, 2014
Venerable Maria del Carmen González-Valerio y Sáenz de Heredia (March 14, 1930 -- July 17, 1939) was a Spanish girl who is venerated by the Roman Catholic Church and is being considered for sainthood. She was declared a venerable by Pope John Paul II on January 16, 1996. Her prominent family made a case for her canonization following her death, presenting the witnesses who had witnessed her death and heard her dying words and producing a diary Mari Carmen had kept. She had written "Long Live Spain! Long Live Christ the King" which was a battle cry given by those killed fighting in the Spanish Civil War. She told a nurse in the hospital: "My father died as a martyr. Poor mommy! And I am dying as a victim." For the child, Azaña was an representation of the government who had killed her father. She told an aunt that she wanted to make sacrifices and pray for the men who had killed her father. Her death represented Catholic teachings of self-sacrifice and martyrdom to save others from their sins. For more please visit http://www.audiosancto.org & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest

What a beautiful little soul. We've made this new chapel veil in her honor. 


The 15 Promises Our Lady gave for praying the Most Holy Rosary.

Our Lady revealed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche additional benefits for those who devoutly pray the Rosary.

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary.

3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5. The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.

6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful in reciting the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

9. I shall deliver from purgatory, those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

11. You shall obtain all you ask of Me by the recitation of the Rosary.

12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities.

13. I have obtained from My Divine Son, that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors, the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

14. All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only son Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Sew Vestments!

I've wanted to learn to sew vestments for a couple of years now. It just seems to me these can be such beautiful little works of art for Our Lord in the Mass--and I want to make beautiful things for the Mass! I don't think I'd be able to find the time for more than one or two a year, but that could be like a little offering to Our Lord. 

I took the seminar with two other ladies and we had a great time, learned a lot and I for one am hoping I can return again next summer for another seminar. We'll see! 

If you're interested in finding out more about these seminars, click here.

So, I thought I should share some pictures of my time in Syracuse this summer! 

The one directly below will become the Marian Chasuble.

The Holy Ghost Chasuble (above). 

Lamb of God Chasuble (above and below).

We went to morning Mass at Mary Mother of God Church.

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