WOMEN MUST COVER THEIR HEADS [Reasons] - That which is veiled is holy - Women are the glory of men and are veiled so as not to distract from the glory of God - A sign of humility - An external sign of submission to authority (God/husband/father) - Reflects/respect the divine invisible hierarchical order, making it visible - the presence of the Holy Angels - Saint Paul - presents it as an ordinance - notes its practice by all the churches - Church (Canon) Law - A custom/tradtion practiced for 2000 years [Holy Things Are Veiled] - The Ark of the Old Covenant was kept in the veiled Holy of Holies. - The Ark of the New Covenant -- the Vessel of the Life Itself -- Our Lady is veiled - The Chalice (which hold the Blood of Christ) is veiled until the Offetory at Mass - The Ciborium inside the Tabernacle - Women, the instrument through which God gives life, are veiled [Bible] To humiliate/punish a women - Numbers 5:18 - Isias 3:16-17 - Canticles of Canticles 5:7 1 Cor.11:5 "Every woman praying...with her head not covered, disgraces her head" 1 Cor. 11:1-17 Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ. 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. 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. Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered disgraceth his head. But EVERY WOMAN PRAYING OR PROPHESYING WITH HER HEAD NOT COVERED DISGRACETH HER HEAD: for it is all one as if she were shaven. 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. 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. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man [c.f. Genesis 2-3]. For the man was not created for the woman: but the woman for the man. Therefore OUGHT THE WOMAN TO HAVE A POWER OVER HER HEAD, BECAUSE OF THE ANGELS. But yet neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, so also is the man by the woman: but all things of God. You yourselves judge. dOTH IT BECOME A WOMAN TO PRAY UNTO gOD UNCOVERED? Doth not even nature itself teach you that A MAN indeed, IF HE NOURISH HIS HAIR, IT IS A SHAME UNTO HIM? But if a woman nourish her hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. [Canon Law] Code of Canon Law, 1917 Canon 1262 - "women, howerver, shall hav a covered head and be modestly dressed" Code of Canon Law, 1983 Canon 21 - ...the revocation of a previous law is not presumed; rather, later laws are to be related to earlier ones and, as far as possible, harmonized with them. Canon 27 - Custom is the best interpreter of laws.