Our redoubtable Thelma has been leading Star of the Sea Altar Guild for many years, providing fresh flowers, linens, and altar hangings every week. She and her little team draped all 25 statues last Saturday night, but she faced a dilemma: many of our new statues include quite fragile appurtenances: delicate crowns, scepters, lilies, etc. To avoid damage, Thelma purchased bolts of rather delicate cloth, which is a bit transparent. So while our images are veiled, one can see somewhat beyond the veil. At first I wondered it this was appropriate, but the people have spoken: “We love the new veils!”
A veil indicates mystery, which reveals and conceals at the same time. Each image of our Lord, Our Lady, and the Saints are mysteries, revealing divine beauty and goodness while concealing the full brilliance of divinity behind the veil of frail human flesh. I think it’s rather wonderful that our veiled saints are slightly visible this year. Both their veils and our flesh point to a deeper mystery, that of God’s presence within us. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.