A Mystery

Is there something that you have been curious about for a long time ?

I’ve been researching why, and when women stopped wearing hats to church.

I thought it might have to do with Vatican II, which ended it 1965, but my research tells me that hats were not discussed there. Perhaps, with the ‘ Women’s Liberation Movement’ of the 1960s, women were glad to stop wearing hats to church. This matter remains a mystery.

God looks at the hearts, and not at the heads.

Nevertheless, I still enjoy wearing hats, because I was raised with them.

One of my fondest memories is when my mom and I would go shopping for new hats to match our Easter outfits for church on Easter Morning. It was fun to look at everyone’s new hats. We all wore dresses and gloves at that time too.

Frivolous? Perhaps, but enjoyable anyway.

One of the joys of being a septuagenarian like me is the feeling of being free to wear whatever we want.

Around Eastertime, people become increasingly sentimental, as they think of past Easter celebrations.

I will wear a new hat this Easter, and I will remember my mom, our hat shopping, and how special she made this celebration for our family.

Photo of Sally by Sally

65 thoughts on “A Mystery

  1. You look beautiful. Love the hat and your beautiful head of hair.
    The older women in my life always wore hats. Though it was not passed down to me for church going purposes, I developed a love of hats as a child and I wear hats all the time wherever I can.

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  2. Looking very smart in your new hat Sally!😁
    I would suggest you are very close to the truth in the 1960s, which was probably the decade that saw the biggest slide in moral and religious standards. There are still churches where women wear hats to church, as a matter of reverence to God. I think of the Brethren Church, but I am sure there are others. Personally I think the same as you Sally, that God is more interested in the true state of a person’s heart rather than their clothing.

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    1. Thanks, Alan. Yes, I agree, it was probably something that began in the 1960s.
      I was a young woman then, and I remember that there was tremendous cultural pressure on women at that time.

      Nevertheless, thanks to my mom and other strong role models, I maintain traditional values. πŸ€—πŸŒ·βš˜

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  3. πŸ’œ There ARE Many Things I AM “curious about” key amongst which is The Shifting Sand that is an Individuals B&V (Belief and Values) System; for example if a Religious Person of Any Persuasion is asked if They Perceive Their Faith in The Same Way ‘Grown Up’ as They Did as Children The Answers ARE Interesting…then there’s Conflict and Confusion; such as ‘Lapsed Catholic’ which actually means ‘No Longer a Catholic and NEVER EVER!!! Will Be again’…the Reason I Have Referenced Religion is because that’s what’s on My Mind Right Now; these Confusing, Conflicting and Shifting Beliefs and Values Apply to ALL Walks of 3DLife

    …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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      1. πŸ’œ YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome SupaSoulSis and Thank YOU!!! for YOUR!!! Kind Words; it’s a Pleasure to Share and Serve, Stay Strong and Serene

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    1. That is a point to ponder, Derrick, although, as I was recently watching a televised Mass, I noticed that the Archbishop of St. John’s was presiding, and he was wearing a round red cap. βš˜πŸ€— Thanks for your comment.

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  4. [1Corinthians 11:1-15]:
    1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
    2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I handed them down to you.
    3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
    4 Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head.
    5 But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for it is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved.
    6 For if a woman does not cover her head, have her also cut her hair off; however, if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, have her cover her head.
    7 For a man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
    8 For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man;
    9 for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake.
    10 Therefore the woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
    11 However, in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.
    12 For as the woman originated from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God.
    13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
    14 Does even nature itself not teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him,
    15 but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her as a covering.

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    1. Thanks so much for quoting these scripture verses. I have pondered them so often, since women have covered their heads when praying for centuries.
      As it says, in verse 13 – Judge for yourselves is important to note.

      In my private prayers at home, I cover my head with a black lace chapel veil.

      For me, it symbolizes voluntary submission to God’s will. I bring my petitions before God, but I know that He will answer according to his will.

      In my research, I found that it was not Vatican II that said that women could stop wearing headcoverings. The Church was facing serious problems at that time, and still is, so head coverings were not mentioned.

      I thank you so much for responding to this post.
      The decision that I’ve made, for myself, is to cover my head. βš˜πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  5. I LOVE hats and I especially love your hat! Women and head coverings is still an intense theological debate. One of the guys in my cohort wants to write his dissertation on head coverings! My position is that it is not necessary for a woman to cover her head, that it was for the Corinthian church. Where I live, some Mennonite sects and Brethren women wear head coverings. All Amish women wear bonnets. I do not begrudge women who cover their head. This to me is between a person and God! Thanks for this post, Sally!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mandy.
      That is a fascinating topic for a dissertation !
      I agree with you. I think the decision of head covering is an individual choice.
      I believe that we should have a choice on whether or not we wish to wear hats.
      Thanks for your insight. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  6. I also remember shopping with my mom for our Easter Sunday bonnets, gloves and purses. I loved getting dressed up and seeing all my friends with their Easter frills. When my daughter was young, I’d indulge in Easter hats, fancy dresses and gloves for her, too.

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  7. When I was a child men had to remove their hats when entering the church while women were expected to cover their heads. We often had mass during school hours and if a girl didn’t remember to bring a hat the nuns would pin a Kleenex to her hair. It seems to me to be have been a “rule” we all had to live by. I remember the fuss that was made when that so-called rule was thrown out. It was after Vatican II and it was also a time when the mass was changed from Latin to being conducted in the local language of whatever country you happened to live in. I was very little but I remember it well.

    Easter was also a time of new hats in our house. It’s a fond memory for me as well. You look lovely in yours. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Yes, it seems that the hats were the rule, and the Kleenex seems to have served as an approved headcovering. πŸ€— I like hats, but I am also very happy that there are no more rules about hat wearing.

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  8. As you say, what matters is the condition of our hearts. If we wear hats, are we being legalistic, trying to win God’s approval? (WRONG) If we don’t wear hats, is is because we are being rebellious? (ALSO WRONG)
    (Personally, I don’t wear them because I am acutely aware that a hat would make it harder for the person behind me to see the front. It would have to be a very small one, like the cute one you’re wearing. πŸ˜‰ )

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  9. That’s a beautiful hat, Sally. And your smile is simply divine.

    I love this line, “God looks at your heart and not your head.”

    One of the beauties of Christianity is this – wherever the Spirit of God is, there is liberty. We have freedom in Christ, freedom to reveal His glory through our faith and fashion too.

    Feel free to wear a new hat. Happy Easter Sally.

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  10. The scriptures quoted by RJDawson give the historical roots for women wearing hats to church (gotta love someone who is known only by initials … said the guy whose legal name IS initials πŸ˜‰)
    In America, the founders were mostly from the Anglican traditions, so hat-wearing was required for women to enter a church building and usually worn as a symbol of modesty whenever in public. Even non-religious women wore hats throughout our American history until about the 1920s when it became more in vogue for women to go hat-less in public (think flappers and the social revolution of the Prohibition era).
    By the time the great depression hit, many churches changed schedules and Protestantism had pretty much transformed from Anglican to Methodists and Presbyterians who were much less legalistic about hats.
    Within the Holiness movement that included many Baptist lines as well as the Pentecostals of the Assemblies of God and others (Foursquare, Church of God of Prophecy, etc), hat-wearing was still the norm until the 1950s as these denominations became more affluent, and hat-wearing was less popular within the wider culture.
    By the 1960s, hat-wearing was pretty much divorced from holiness or sanctity and most felt it was too much “showy religion,” so hardly any women wore hats after 1970.
    Many women, such as my beautiful bride and you, continue to look great in hats for any occasion, but before the Lord, we are all beggars. “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.” People look at outward appearance, but Yahweh looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 😊

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    1. Thanks so much for this information, and for filling in the gaps for us regarding women’s hats. Yes, for sure, God always is aware of our hearts. Your comment is greatly appreciated. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  11. Hi Sally. You look so lovely in the photo! 😊
    I know that people have different interpretations of God’s word concerning head coverings, but I always understood it to be a woman’s hair is her covering, because that is exactly what the Bible says. 1 Corinthians 11:15. Her hair is her glory, because it is given to her as a covering.
    Some people believe the Bible says she should wear an artificial covering on her natural covering, but I do not understand it that way. Certainly, wearing a lovely hat or covering doesn’t hurt!

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    1. Thanks, Petrina. Yes, for sure, people have different intetpretations on women’s head coverings, and it is great that women are not required to wear head coverings, as they used to be in some churches.
      Your interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11:15 is a sound one.
      I greatly appreciate your comment. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy. That is very kind of you.
      I drink lots of water. This is common advice, but important for older folks like me, since thirst declines as we get older.
      Also, like you, I enjoy exercising. For me, now, it is mainly ballet exercises and dancing around with a gymnastics ribbon. πŸ€—
      My mom started me on a skin care routine in my teens -I’ve always invested in quality skin care products, and I change them around occasionally. There are so many quality brands to choose from now.
      And yes, as you say, I’m careful with sun exposure. And, I don’t stress out much. I would much rather laugh than worry ! You have a good sense of humour too. ⚘🌷

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      1. Not sure there’s enough water to get me out of the consequences of too much beach time as a kid..all of it incidental..I never worshipped the sun, I was too busy running around..but the effect was the same. I try to drink a lot of H20 and I do (now) use products on my face.. but I see a face lift in my future..I really do. ..it’s either that or just accept that I look like a Shar Pei! πŸ˜‚ WOOF WOOF! πŸ˜‰

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  12. Nice hat Sally! You look great! Growing up in church there were many women in hats. The change may have to also do with the casual dress code now. Even some pastors wear jeans on Sunday. Even on Easter many are casual.

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    1. Thanks so much Dawn.
      Yes, for sure, the dress code is more casual now, and people have many more freedoms about how they choose to dress.
      As girls, we weren’t allowed to wear slacks. So, clothing really does reflect many changes in society.
      I appreciate your comment very much. πŸ€—βš˜

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  13. Great picture of you!

    I grew up Catholic—but after the time when women wore head coverings. I recall my mom having a couple mantillas in her drawer—but I never saw her wear them.

    I almost never will wear a hat—unless it is bitterly cold. I am very hot blooded so don’t often see the need for a hat. Also I have a very large head and it is very hard for me to find a cute feminine hat—-unless it is a knitted stretchy winter type hat.

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  14. I love your hat. you look fabulous!!! Yes, God looks at our heart not our head …. But it’s also great to enjoy dressing up and feeling good about yourself as you enter the house of God πŸ™‚ I’m sure He is smiling at you smiling πŸ™‚

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