The Chapel Veil: The Symbol of the Spouse of Christ - Sophia Institute Press

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Fifty years ago almost every Catholic woman and girl owned a chapel veil. Yet with their disappearance the Church lost a lovely symbol for womanhood. Elizabeth Black and Emily Sparks explain the theology, history, tradition and symbolism of the chapel veil and give today’s Catholic woman a reason to wear one once again.

The two essays contained in this booklet get to the very root of the meaning of the veil. This prayerful, in-depth explanation of the symbolism behind the chapel veil portrays the theology of the veil in such a clear yet breathtakingly beautiful way that it has the potential to renew our devotion for the Eucharist, our awe at the intimacy of the love of God, and our resolve to honor God in any way we can.

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  • 1
    Terrible Booklet

    Posted by Linda Esler on 15th May 2024

    REPLY: Linda, thank you so much for your feedback. I, and many other women, have found this booklet incredibly profound and edifying so it's quite a surprise to hear this. I wonder if you might be able to provide specific examples that might illustrate these ideas. We could provide them to the publisher in case they are able to create a second edition addressing any possible misunderstandings. Thank you again, I appreciate your thoughts on this. ~ Lily * * * This is a dreadful thing, illogical and self-contradictory. It is incomprehensible that any intelligent or educated person could read this and not be horrified. I even asked my husband to read it in case I was mistaken but he agreed this is nothing either of us could read without disgust. I have donated the veils I bought to VVA because I knew I would never wear them.

  • 5
    Chapel Veil Book

    Posted by Kim on 28th Nov 2023

    This is a wonderful explanation of veiling. I loved learning about the deeper spiritual meaning behind veiling, especially in regards to the Eucharist. Highly recommended!

  • 5
    Book review - The Chapel Veil

    Posted by Carla on 20th Nov 2023

    I have debated to veil or not at church. I am an Orthodox Christian and our church is does not require women to veil but many of them do. I come from a protestant background so when I did wear a veil it was hot or I was constantly fighting to keep it on my head. After reading this book I realize that veiling in God's presence is so much more sacred and has a deeper meaning than I realized. I love how it connects veiling to the Eucharist. I highly recommend this book, (and I bought it for my two of my close orthodox friends).

  • 5
    The Chapel Veil: Symbol of the Spouse of Christ (Booklet)

    Posted by Valerie J Kruger on 3rd Nov 2022

    Very informative. Easy to understand. Shared with my husband. This has helped me to be able to better witness to my wearing the veil. I am surprised how some are misguided or misunderstand the meaning of the veil. You do a beautiful job with materials to educate. Thank you!

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 17th Jul 2022

    Very helpful.

  • 4
    The chapel veil booklet

    Posted by Samantha on 19th Apr 2022

    I enjoyed this book and it offers a clear explanation that promotes wearing a chapel veil. I only wish a few more essays had been included.

  • 5
    The Chapel Veil

    Posted by Sharon S. on 11th Apr 2022

    Booklet explains the reasons for wearing a veil. Gives you a better understanding of why we wear a veil.

  • 5
    This booklet may seem a little pricey but it is the best of the best and worth every penny.

    Posted by jeanetted on 7th Sep 2021

    We've begun sharing this with our fellow veil-wearing parishioners. The first one has already told us that they are ordering more to give to our parish leaders. This message needs to be incorporated into our Religious Ed program. Also ordered some of the veil clips. They are excellent and this is the only place where we were able to order them

  • 5
    Beautiful Read!

    Posted by ACHURCH on 9th Aug 2021

    I loved ordering this along with my veils and furthering my understanding of this beautiful sacramental. Highly recommend for one getting started in veiling to deepen you devotion.