A Blessed Holy Week to You.

I hope you'll enjoy this painting (fresco, actually) as much as I do. Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin 1842-1848. Current Location: Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Matthew 21:5
Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold thy king cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of her that is used to the yoke. 

The Triumphal Entry
(Zechariah 9:9-13; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-19)

28And having said these things, he went before, going up to Jerusalem.

29And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethania, unto the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30Saying: Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever hath sitten: loose him, and bring him hither. 31And if any man shall ask you: Why do you loose him? you shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of his service. 32And they that were sent, went their way, and found the colt standing, as he had said unto them. 33And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: Why loose you the colt? 34But they said: Because the Lord hath need of him. 35And they brought him to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus thereon. 36And as he went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way. 37And when he was now coming near the descent of mount Olivet, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen,

38Saying: Blessed be the king who cometh in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory on high!

39And some of the Pharisees, from amongst the multitude, said to him: Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40To whom he said: I say to you, that if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.


Here's a super good and spot on commentary on the chapel veiland what it symbolizes. 

"A controversial discipline in the Church today. Where does this teaching come from & why? Is it important for today? For more please visithttp://www.traditionalsermons.com/ & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest."


Jackie Kennedy Onassis has arguably done more for the mantilla chapel veil in the latter half of the 20th century than anyone. Ladies in the Romance countries (Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City) wore the mantillas. I have two veils that my mother bought in Rome, one of which she wore at a private Mass with Pope Pius XII. Yes, it's now my treasure!

But I'm told that in the United States, in earlier part of the 20th century, women wore hats and sometimes headscarves to Mass. As a young child do I remember a sea of hats at Mass and I remember being bedazzled with at all the different colors and styles. Hats were seen as classy and elegant head coverings.

Then in the 1960's, pictures of the first lady Jackie wearing mantilla chapel veils to Mass appeared. And that was IT. And that became the latest thing. American ladies began to wear the mantilla. In Catholic schools the little round chapel veils became the standard fair. I just missed the cut off for that, sad to say. By the time I hit grade school, the chapel cap was well on the decline.

So, where are the "Jackie Kennedys" of today? Where are those who inspire other to reverence before the Blessed Sacrament? You are she! It's beautiful ladies like yourself who bring back the reverence through the chapel veil. That's such a sight for sore eyes at Mass. You are the "trend setters."

With Pope Paul VI in Rome.

With Pope St. John XXIII in Rome.

Caroline, Jackie's sister Lee Radziwill, Jackie and John, Jr. at the funeral of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in New York on June 8, 1968.

At Sen. Robert Kennedy’s funeral with her sister Princess Lee Radziwill. 

Making the sign of the cross at funeral.

On her Wedding Day. 

The First Family.

Leaving Mass. I'm noticing she liked to wear her chapel veils "backwards". She how it frames the face? That's a rounded drape effect from a triangular or almond shaped veil. 

Saddest days.

A happier time for Jackie.  

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."

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