From a reader:
Dear Fr. Z,
Several months ago, after attending several Extraordinary Form Masses that our new pastor began to offer (a daily Mass once a week), I discerned that I also should cover my head at Novus Ordo Masses as well as whenever I am in the Church, i.e., in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. While I use to veil as a little girl, my first Holy Communion (just over 40 years ago) was probably the last time I did.
Consequently, I do not remember and I have no one to ask about veiling during the Triduum. Do you know what the “rules” are for this, considering that it is proper to veil before Christ incarnate? I figure, of course that I should veil for the Mass of the Last Supper and transfer of the Holy Eucharist/Adoration, but what about Good Friday? Since the Tabernacle is empty on Good Friday, I figure I should not veil, but what about when receiving the reserved Eucharist during the 3pm Good Friday Service — should I veil while I am on the Communion line and continue to veil until the end of the Service? And then there is the Easter Vigil — it seems to me that it doesn’t make sense to cover my head until the Consecration?
Thank you for any guidance you might be able to provide and may God bless all of your good work.
My dear, dear questioner:
I love the fact that you are so concerned about the proper respect you want to display in the Presence of the Lord.
The Church does not require by Canon law that women wear head covers.
I think some of the – wise – women who participate here can help you.
The combox is open.