Sunday, August 31, 2008

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A SCHEDULE of RETURNS
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It is imperative that we start to train ourselves in CHRIST. This training will help us to abide in HIM+ throughout the day. Our training will bring forth growth, a closeness to CHRIST JESUS our LORD.
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This training is called discipline. NO... we do not "spank" ourselves! It is the discipline of training our bodies, our souls, and our spirits to SUBMIT UNTO THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. It yields TREMENDOUS spiritual fruit when we do this.
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So, to begin, we will start with a SCHEDULE to help us RETURN TO GOD EVERY 3 HOURS, in an orderly way.
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Now DO NOT PANIC! :) There are many a times I have missed my "return." When I miss a prayer stop or a RETURN unto The LORD, I am regretful and sorry... and I pick up my Self and RETURN UNTO HIM+ ...immediately... forthwith... lickety-split!
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The RETURNS are NOT long. We can all fit them nicely into our work and responsibility schedules. Most of the prayer stops or RETURNS can be done in 5 minutes, through the day. The LENGTH IS NOT IMPORTANT: stopping your day to RETURN to HIM+ IS crucial.
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Here is what we do at the Order of the GOOD SHEPHERD+ hermitage:


1. Individual Morning Vigil...
We start our day by reading and praying , usually with our cup of morning drink in our hand! We do this individually, quietly, and privately. We start thanking the LORD, lifting up our hearts to HIM+ as soon as our feet touch the floor... sometimes before our head comes off of the pillow.

2. We do morning prayer together...
Morning prayer may be long or short, depending upon our needs. At the very least, we return thanks together and the LORD'S Prayer that HE+ taught HIS+ disciples. Usually we also include a Psalm, a short reading from the Gospel and one from the Epistle. We may sing or recite the Gloria or Doxology. Sometimes we follow the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, but not always.

3. STOP OUR DAY at 9 a.m...
when The LORD was crucified. We thank HIM+. We may read Psalm 51 or do something else to show HIM+ we remember HIS+ great sacrifice for us miserable sinners, that we may enter into Life Eternal. We repent for ignoring HIM+ for so many years and even now, for ignoring HIM+ so many times... turning a deaf ear to HIS+ call to us.
HE+ heard the shofar blow at the time of the Morning Sacrifice in the Temple... knowing full well that HE+ was the Sacrificed LAMB+ of GOD.

4. At noon,
we STOP OUR DAY...
and return to The LORD, to thank HIM+ for enduring hanging on the cross for us. AT noontime, the sky was darkened across the earth on the day HE+ was crucified. We repent for our whinining and murmuring and impatience when things do not go our way.We ask HIM+ to help us to endure like HE+, our Example+, endured.
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5. At 3 p.m., we STOP OUR DAY...
and thank HIM+ again, for HE+ said, "It is finished, FATHER. Into Thy hands I commit my spirit." We thank HIM+ for winning the victory... and granting to us that same victory over death, hell, and the grave. We repent that we so easily yield to doubts and fears of this present life, instead of keeping our eyes on the Victory HE+ gained for us. We rejoice in HIS+ victory, our victory which HE+ has laid up for us, ...
and the Truth in the WORD of GOD that tells us so!
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6. We do evening prayer together...
This is usually a sufficient worship time, with Scripture readings, canticles, praises, thanksgivings, repentences, intercessions. We oftentimes follow the Anglican Prayer Book, with some modifications.
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7. Before bed, we do a short compline...
(completion of the day) prayer, with thanksgiving and asking for a safe and healthy keeping through the night, that HE+ may wake us up to HIS+ morning Light.
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This is the Schedule of RETURNS that we will use in the eMail Fellowship. If you cannot do ALL of them, then do one... but do it every day. Read a Psalm if you do not have a prayer book. RETURN thanks to HIM+. RETURN praise to HIM+. RETURN worship to HIM+. RETURN and repent as often as HE+ brings things to mind. This is our goal.
You will find yourself moving through your daily chores faster, easier, with more peace, than ever before... for HE+ blesses this kind of discipline... this kind of sowing to the Spirit. Our purpose is to TRAIN ourselves to continually sow to the Spirit.
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Enter in and let us see what The LORD will do!
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In the name of The FATHER, HIS Holy and
Beloved SON JESUS CHRIST our LORD,
and the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT,
both now and forever. Amen.
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Sister Judith Hannah
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Our FATHER'S POWER...and GREEN BEANS!


The Application of GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY
Seen through the eyes of a child...
And those detestable GREEN BEANS!
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Recently, I have come across Brethren who were dealing with the issue of GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY. Yes, we all know that HE is sovereign over all the world and its men. But… why don’t we see HIS+ sovereignty being applied now? There certainly is enough evil running rampant on both the high and low levels of every society, every culture.

So… how does the SOVEREIGN, ALL-MIGHTY LORD apply HIS power?

To see how it works, here’s an example:

Dad was sovereign in our home when I was a little girl. I didn’t like green beans, so I wouldn’t eat them. We lived on a farm and grew our own food and green beans were a staple on our supper table. Dad wanted me to eat those green beans, so he would fuss at me… but I still refused to eat them.

Now, Dad was BIG enough to sit on me and STRONG enough to shove those green beans down my throat… but he didn’t do that.

He was ABLE to remove all my other food and ONLY give me green beans to eat… but he didn’t do that, either.

Neither did Daddy send me to my room with no supper at all when I wouldn’t eat the green beans. Dad just told me again and again what he wanted me to do, pointing out the goodness of the beans… and sighed and let me go on eating the rest of my supper.
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Our Heavenly FATHER is like that, is he not?
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HE’S BIG and STRONG, too. HE provides the BREAD+ of Life for all of mankind, but HE doesn’t make any of us eat it.
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And I, if I be lifted up, I will draw all (men) unto ME+.
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Who said this? Is it true?
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For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
Who WILL HAVE ALL MEN TO BE SAVED,
and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim. 2:3.4)

Who said this? Is it true also?
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It is our Heavenly FATHER’S WILL and Our SAVIOR’S WILL that all will be saved; the True MANNA+ from Heaven is available to all, no matter how rich or poor, educated or uneducated, sick or well… all are invited to His+ Table. It is HIS+ will that ALL COME.
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In the matter of invitation, ALL have received HIS marvelous, free, loving, and kind invitation to partake of Eternal Life in HIS SON+.


We don’t see that ALL come, though, do we? Neither did The LORD. That is why HE+ sent for those UNinvited ones in the highways and byways to come… to have His+ table full… whosoever would come.

ALL are invited to the Wedding Supper of the LAMB+. If one refuses to don the wedding garment, however, he is tossed out INTO OUTER DARKNESS. Mt. 22:1-14.

Some haven’t come because we the church haven’t gone to invite them in.

Some haven’t come because they don’t want HIM+.

Some haven’t come because they like HIM+ well enough…. but NOT well enough to RULE their own lives.

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It is NOT HIS fault;
HE has done HIS part to invite,
to provide the BREAD+,
and even to supply the wedding garment
to cover our nakedness.
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In spite of HIS Divine Will towards ALL and HIS heart of love towards ALL, not ALL come.

Some have to inspect a field, see about a cow, or marry a wife… Luke 14:16-24
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HE+ doesn’t make us choose HIM+.
Luke 14:26-35.

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DIDN’T EVEN MAKE HIS OWN ANGELS CHOOSE HIM!
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But, those who DO choose HIM+...
HE elects to keep at the supper table with HIM+!

Those who DO love HIM+ enough to have HIM+ rule over their lives, ...
HE+ elects to save.

Those who ACKNOWLEDGE HIM+ before men...
HE+ elects to acknowledge them before HIS+ FATHER!
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Alas… the opposite is likewise TRUE of the above 3 promises.

The sovereign LORD has foreknowledge; HE knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts… before a word is even on our lips, HE knows it… HE+ knows what is in the heart of man.

Even though Our LORD KNOWS ahead of time what we will say and think, we are still accountable for the usage of our tongues and the lusts of our hearts.

HE is not the author of our evil, even though HE knows in advance what we are going to do. Nor, does HE stop us from doing evil, if we so will.
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The sovereignty issue is really an issue of perception:
How do we see GOD apply His+ great power ?
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However, we ALL will see HIS sovereignty close at hand, hopefully sooner rather than later. When HE comes the SECOND time to govern this world with a rod of iron, HE will disarm ALL the armies, throw out ALL the man-made “---CRACIES”, and establish His Own, Lone, Sovereign THEOCRACY over all the earth. Some will see it as a Great Day of Doom; His+ own will see it as a Day of Great Joy.

And when that happens, there will be food for all and a good life for all who are left.

Even so, after 1,000 years of THEOCRACY, some will rally around the one loosed from the pit and turn against GOD again!
[Rebellion, however, will be short-lived this time, thankfully.]

The sovereign LORD will reign openly and sovereignly forever and ever. And furthermore, HIS+ saints that have made a sacrifice will reign with HIM+ also.
HalleluJah!


Sister Judith Hannah
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PS… Oh yes, I did learn to love eating those green beans when I found myself away from home as an older teenager… and green beans were the ONLY thing I recognized on my cafeteria tray.
Dad won.

Monday, August 25, 2008

WHY WE WEAR A HEAD COVERING...

Let us look closely at the Word of GOD
to find out why we are wearing the head covering.

The instructions are found in 1 Corinthians 11: 1-16 and are given by The Apostle Paul to the Church gathered in Corinth… a wildly pagan Greek city of commerce, trafficking in everything, including the bodies and the souls of men.

Brazen women… bald-headed, shaven and shorn and uncovered… walked the streets openly, since one of the “temples” of pagan worship to Venus (basically, prostitution) was located in Corinth. To make matters worse, Rome ruled it, so the Roman soldiers were there, adding to the open debauchery.

In the midst of this environment, the Apostle Paul was sent. A church developed. Here is what the Apostle wrote to the young church.
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11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
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Yes, the Apostle Paul delivered his instructions to the brothers, not to the sisters. Brothers were always in leadership positions in the Early Church. The brothers received these Apostolic ordinances and instructed the church in these ordinances.
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11:3 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.
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This next verse establishes the Spiritual foundation of Christian order, specifically, the order in the Christian church and home. The “one in charge” of every man is Our LORD JESUS CHRIST. That means that all men must answer to CHRIST our LORD. The governing authority of the woman is the man. And, the governing authority of CHRIST is GOD.

There is nothing complicated about this governing order. The complicated part comes about because our churches and homes are out of order.
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In other words, our homes and many of the modern churches are fleshly and worldly, doing things the “world’s way.” Their values are entrenched deeper in this world, deeper in this culture, than they are in CHRIST’S ways. Politically and socially correct values are emphasized rather than the Apostle's instructions for the Church.
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Because of that, another problem exists. We sisters discover we have fathers, husbands, and pastors who simply are not submitted to CHRIST as their governing head. IN THIS CASE, a sister must seek the LORD and wait patiently and quietly before HIM+ to hear His+ leading on this.
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It is hard to be a single sister, working and supporting yourself, and at the same time, trying to find a Christian pastor or Godly couple (as in a prayer group) in order to be under a governing authority. [It is wiser to meet or talk with a couple, rather than 1-to-1 with a brother.]
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It is also hard to be a married sister, submitting to a husband who is not as concerned about Spiritual things as his wife.
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Now…. having said that, we sisters do NOT need to get under a burden nor stress about this issue.
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The LORD knows the opposition facing us. HE+ knows the dysfunctional families, disinterested husbands, and nonchalant pastors.
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It is HARD for some of us to “find” a covering husband, father, pastor, or prayer-meeting couple in order to obey the Apostle’s ordinance here.
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The LORD WILL NOT DESTROY someone who simply cannot find someone appropriately to function as a human “covering.” Again, go slowly and quietly before The LORD in this matter, covering yourself in prayer.
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DO NOT DISPAIR,
BUT RATHER LOOK UNTO CHRIST,
THE AUTHOR
AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.
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Since HE+ is the author, all authority comes from HIM+. As our Author, HE+ will provide everything needed for whosoever comes under His+ Wing… for the orphan who takes refuge in HIM+, for the single sister, for the widow, and for the married wife whose husband is not Spiritually-minded.
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Our LORD leads the willing soul and protects whosoever comes under His+ Shelter. HE+ will become your over-covering and governing authority until HE+ sees fit to change your circumstances.
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Remember:
HE+ is able…
HE+ doeth all things well….
and, HE+ is in charge.

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There is yet another danger that exists which has come up recently. This danger is coming from inside the flock of GOD….
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“Head” does NOT mean “source of life” instead of governing authority in these verses or in ANY verse in the New Testament.
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There is a popular movement afoot in the theological circles that is promoting this teaching. It has NO language support in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, nor English, as I have discovered. This particular teaching is taken from pagan Greek philosophers. The older, standard reference books all state HEAD means “governing authority” or one in charge. Some of the newer ones are putting out that HEAD means “source of life.” This is false.
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The purpose of this false teaching is to nullify the governing order. that will weaken the church... and it does NOT NEED TO BE WEAKENED any further!
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Yes, The LORD is the source of our life… but these verses are NOT ADDRESSING THAT ISSUE; they are addressing the governing order in the Christian home and church.
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Indeed, it is the governing order for men and women everywhere, but only Christians recognize CHRIST as their HEAD; others, alas, will be accountable if they have heard of CHRIST and yet reject HIM+. Likewise, Christian men and women will also be in trouble who reject the governing order in the church and home.
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We who are members of the Underground Church in America (regardless of whatever church or denomination we may or may not attend ) seek to follow the Apostle’s ordinances written in the Word.
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It is delivered to us to keep us safe. May The LORD add His+ blessing to us all, as we seek to do His+ Will. His+ will is not mysterious; in many instances, it is plainly written for all to see. Some simply do not want it.
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But thanks be to GOD... there's an Underground... an Underground Church full of unregistered, unorganized members rising up quietly who ARE determined to do His+ will to the best of their knowledge, to the best of their ability... regardless of their affiliation or non-affiliation with an institutional church.
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That is the One, Holy, and Apostolic Church that exists without spots and blemish, that exists without schisms, that follows their CAPTAIN+ withersoever HE+ leads them... even to following the Apostle's ordinances which the mainline denominations have discarded. These include the head covering for sisters and the Christian governing order, for all.

[ to be continued ]






Friday, August 22, 2008

HEAD COVERINGS here at HOME...


This is my black and white Catacomb veiling.
I call it the Catacomb veiling because it is like the picture of the Early Christian sisters taken from the Catacombs in Rome. It has a white knit band around the front of it. The black part is cut in a big "U", with a slight widening of the top of the legs of the "U." Sometimes I make the bottom of the "U" a little more like the pointed part of a "V," also.

The back of it is long and graceful, but I seem to have it bunched together here in this picture. If the black material is a heavy knit and the back of the dress or surplice is cotton, the veil will bunch together. A lighter-weight knit veil doesn't "grab" the back of the dress as much.


I wear the Catacomb veil with my daily habit dress and surplice apron. When I must be formal, however, (like teaching school), I wear a black or navy suit, white blouse, dark stockings and low black heels or dress flats, with this head covering. It is quite dignified and formal. I like "informality" but sometimes FORMALITY is good; one must simply listen to The LORD and let HIM+ give His+ picture to you to know how to dress for certain times and places. The visible witness will be different, you know, and HE+ knows who will receive it.
Here is my favorite head covering! I believe it reflects the "linen, white and clean" that the saints of GOD will be clothed in at HIS+ Return. I believe the white veiling reflects the purity of His+ Bride. I believe the white veiling strikes a little awe and some fear in the un-regenerated when they see it. It is my favorite, but as I said before, The LORD is the one to direct our path!

Sorry about the glare in the mirror. The flash went off unexpectedly. This is the front of the Catacomb head covering.

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To GOD be the Glory

Sister Judith Hannah

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The LONG and SHORT of it... VEILING for CHRISTIAN Sisters




Long Veils ....




Some sisters are simply NOT AFRAID ... they are not afraid of what anyone thinks of them... their head(s) belong to CHRIST. (This is what the good sister at www.freetocover.blogspot.com says.)



They are not afraid to make a statement to this dead and dying world that JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE AND WELL...

...AND READY TO COME BACK!



The exciting thing about wearing a head covering is the opportunities, the doors, it opens for the one wearing it... both literal doors and spiritual doors for witnessing.

And short veils...

My eyes fill with TEARS when I am asked by a stranger, seeing me in a store, to pray for him/her. One young woman came up and poured out her heart to me in the middle of a store... she was desparate to find a church where PERSONAL DISCIPLESHIP was available. She was hungry, and she wanted to grow... and couldn't find a place to be mentored.



Why couldn't she find a place? The normal MODERN CHURCH does not promote actual, personal, discipleship. It just does sermons, songs, and activities.



It is impossible to grow deeper in CHRIST JESUS without personal discipleship... and that lady knew it. She was nearly in tears.

What could I say? I simply re-directed her back to JESUS. The church will be accountable for not feeding the hungry, for the lack of discipleship.

We are NOT SAVED to get a good job, a good education, a good career so that we can support the church institutuion.

We ARE SAVED to begin our walk with The LORD... closer and closer every day, closer and closer in every way, forsaking the world's ways and looks and taking Our LORD'S WORDS AT FACE VALUE: HE+ MEANS EVERY WORD HE+ SAYS.

If Our LORD is calling you to a deeper sacrifice, a deeper committment, a deeper discipleship... go there with HIM+.

I can guarantee that you will walk alone, even in the midst of a church... but it will be with HIM+. You will not BE by yourself, however, because you will have joined THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH... in America, and in each and every land.

Sisters, cover your heads. Cover your daughters' heads. Cover your husband and family in prayer. Cover your elders and your church in prayer. Cover your neighborhood in prayer.

You will be amazed at the order, peace, and strength in The LORD that will descend upon you. You will be a light NOT SET under a basket. The LORD Himself+ will draw others to you for mutual strengthening, for witnessing, for fellowship, and then... for ministry.

Walk! Walk! Walk!

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In the Name of the FATHER, the SON+, and the HOLY SPIRIT,

both now and forever. Amen.

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(A note for Tracy: thank you for your email.)

SISTERS: Always include your email address if you want a reply. If you don't, I cannot respond to your comments personally. The comments program on the blogspot always has "no reply" as the return address.

Sister Judith Hannah


Train up a child in the way he (she) should go...

...and when she is old, she will not depart the path.








Friday, August 15, 2008

VEILS for all seasons

Veils for All Seasons




Sisters in CHRIST... there are veilings of all manner, shape, style, and sizes available. Some can be had, ready-made. (See my link at the bottom of the right hand column.)





Basically, the longer prayer veils are large U-shapes, with the top handles of the U spread out just a bit, like a V. Some sisters have made head-coverings with a point at the bottom (like the V). Others like the rounded part at the bottom. The top of the U-shape... as though you had a ruler across the two handles at the top of the U... is the flat band that fits around the forehead and over the ears to the back of the neck. It can be fastened with a simple safety pin.



Knits are good materials to use because they flow and fit the head. The stiffer materials, like an old white cotton sheet, will make "points" where it folds over the head. I use stiffer cotton materials but make a headband that I sew in front, the part that goes around the face, for a better , non-pointed headcovering.




I have several different kinds of headcoverings. One is my most formal, which I wear in public. This lovely covering is a long, U-shaped veil, in light weight black knit. It has a 2-inch rim of white around the front, also of knit. The white rim makes it look very dressy and very formal. The knit rim helps it fit well to my head.


When I teach school (yes, at a public elementary), I wear a dark blue or black suit, white blouse, dark stockings and black formal shoes. ( I have been pressed into wearing running shoes at times, just to save my knees and feet from the hard cement flooring... but I don't like to look so casual.) My formal veiling is quite dignified in the public setting.


In summer, or when school I'm away from school, I change into an "Amish" or Mennonite-style long dress with matching surplice apron. Recently, The LORD has been showing me to make my surplices a different style... like a tunic, with a front and back to it that also would cover my backside nicely. I made a couple of them in different weight fabric, all out of black. I tie them with a cloth belt that has an crocheted white cross on the end of the long belt which hangs down.



That way, I resemble the Catacomb pictures of the Christian Sisters, circa 400 AD. I don't look Roman Catholic and I don't look Amish or Mennonite... I simply look CHRISTIAN...


We are neither R. Catholic nor Anabaptist; we are simply plain Christians. Regardless of what the public thinks I am, I am able always to witness EVEN IN A SILENT, VISIBLE WAY to The LORD... to HIS+ people... to raise the on-looker's mind to the fact that there IS something beyond the temporal, the here-and-now, which exists.

These pictures of various styles of prayer veils are not of me, but of my dear friend and Sister in the LORD who runs the headcovering home business listed in my link at the side of this page.

I also came in contact with a delightful Orthodox sister who writes an inviting and vivid blogspot about her experiences with the headcovering. She can be found at: www.freetocover.blogspot.com.

One thing is important, though. Sisters, you yourself must know why you are making this committment and be convinced of it yourself. If you are not in a veiled order of nuns or in an Amish or Mennonite community... all of which follow rules for dress and covering... then you yourself will cover because of what you discover the LORD is saying to your heart, not because somebody tells you to do it.

Hold it before the LORD, ask HIM+ for His+ guidance. Don't let any one PUSH you to this decision. And, don't let anyone KEEP YOU AWAY from making it.

(If married, be submissive... If you are meek, the LORD will show you a way and times, if necessary, to cover without embarrassing your husband.)

For the "ungrouped" sisters of the Underground Church in America, the decision to cover your head is as unto The LORD... just like your salvation was.




Saturday, August 9, 2008

HEAD COVERINGS... the Historical Record



The Veiling or Head-Covering for the Christian Sisters
from the Early Christian writers

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Clement of Alexandria (150-200 AD) was a presbyter in the church of Alexandria, Egypt. The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 2, Fathers of the Second Century, The Instructor, Book 3, Chapter 11, page 566

Going To Church



Woman and man are to go to church decently attired, with natural step, embracing silence, possessing unfeigned love, pure in body, pure in heart, it to pray to God. Let the woman observe this, further. Let her be entirely covered, unless she happen to be at home. For that style of dress is grave, and protects from being gazed at. And she will never fall, who puts before her eyes modesty, and her shawl; nor will she invite another to fall into sin by uncovering her face. For this is the wish of the Word, since it is becoming for her to pray veiled.
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John Chrysostom ( 345 ?—407 ) lived after the Council of Nicea.

This writing was taken from the Nicene-Post Nicene Fathers, first series, Vol. 12, Homilies of St. John Chrysostom, Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Homily 26, p. 348-349.

Verse 6. “But if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it be a
shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled.”


Thus, in the beginning he simply requires that the head be not bare: but as he proceeds he intimates both the continuance of the rule, saying, “for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven,” and the keeping of it with all care and diligence.

For he said not merely covered, but “covered over,” meaning that she be carefully wrapped up on every side. And by reducing it to an absurdity, he appeals to their shame, saying by way of severe reprimand, “but if she be not covered, let her also be shorn.” As if he had said, “If thou cast away the covering appointed by the law of God, cast away likewise that appointed by nature.”

Having taken then what was confessedly shameful, and having said, “but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven,” he states in what follows his own conclusion, saying, “let her be covered.”

And he said not, “let her have long hair,” but, “let her be covered,” ordaining both these to be one, and establishing them both ways, from what was customary and from their contraries: in that he both affirms the covering and the hair to be one, and also that she again who is shaven is the same with her whose head is bare. “For it is one and the same thing,” saith he, “as if she were shaven.”

But if any say, “And how is it one, if this woman have the covering of nature, but the other who is shaven have not even this?” we answer, that as far as her will goes, she threw that off likewise by having the head bare. And if it be not bare of tresses, that is nature’s doing, not her own. So that as she who is shaven hath her head bare, so this woman in like manner.
For this cause He left it to nature to provide her with a covering, that even of it she might learn this lesson and veil herself.
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Hippolytus (170-236 AD) was a pupil of Irenaeus and a church leader.
from The Treatise on The Apostolic Tradition of St. Hippolytus of Rome, Bishop and Martyr. , xviii, section 5, p. 29:

Moreover let all the women have their heads veiled with a scarf ( pallion) but not with a veil [ lit. thing, eidos] of linen only, for that is not a covering (kalumma).
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Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, Vol. 7, Book 8, p. 506, Eludidations, a note from the translator and editor, James Donaldson, DD :

Finally, let me suggest that there are fragments of the Apostle’s instructions everywhere scattered through his Epistles, such as the minute canon concerning the veiling of women in acts of worship, insisting upon it with a length of argument which in one of the Apostolic Fathers would be considered childish. He also insisted that his taxis is from The LORD.

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HERE, TERTULLIAN DISCUSSES NOT IF A CHRISTIAN WOMAN SHOULD BE VEILED BUT IF THE YOUNGER VIRGIN WOMEN SHOULD BE VEILED ALSO! THAT WAS THE POINT OF CONTENTION IN THE CHURCH DURING HIS TIME.



Tertullian (140-230 AD) was in some position as a leader in the church at Carthage, North Africa.

ANF, Vol. 3, part 3, On Prayer, Chapter 21, p. 1245 [Master Christian Library, Version 8, Ages Software, Ante-Nicene Fathers] …Of Virgins
[Note: p. 687 in the Hendrickson Volume 3, 2nd printing, June 1995]

But that point which is promiscuously observed throughout the churches, whether virgins ought to be veiled or no, must be treated of.
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Tertullian, Chapter 22 (excerpts) pp. 1246-1249 (MCL, Version 8) [Hendrickson,p. 687-688] Answer To The Foregoing Arguments

... is applicable too to a “virgin.” In fact, all the other passages are in consonance herewith.


But, withal, the declaration is plain: “Every woman,” saith he, “praying and prophesying with head uncovered, dishonoreth her own head.” What is “every woman,” but woman of every age, of every rank, of every condition? By saying “every” he excepts nought of womanhood, just as he excepts nought of manhood either from not being covered; for just so he says, “Every man.” As, then, in the masculine sex, under the name of “man” even the “youth” is forbidden to be veiled; so, too, in the feminine, under the name of “woman,” even the “virgin” is bidden to be veiled.


For indeed it is “on account of the angels” that he saith women must be veiled, because on account of “the daughters of men” angels revolted from God. Who then, would contend that “women” alone — that is, such as were already wedded and had lost their virginity — were the objects of angelic concupiscence, unless “virgins” are incapable of excelling in beauty and finding lovers? Nay, let us see whether it were not virgins alone whom they lusted after; since Scriptures saith “the daughters of men;” inasmuch as it might have named “wives of men,” or “females,” indifferently. (etc.)…

Again, while he says that “nature herself,” which has assigned hair as a tegument and ornament to women, “teaches that veiling is the duty of females,” has not the same tegument and the same honor of the head been assigned also to virgins? ...
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This custom, in short, even Israel observes; but if Israel did not observe it, our Law, amplified and supplemented, would vindicate the addition for itself; let it be excused for imposing the veil on virgins also.

Under our dispensation, let that age which is ignorant of its sex retain the privilege of simplicity. For both Eve and Adam, when it befell them to be “wise,” forthwith veiled what they had learnt to know. At all events, with regard to those in whom girlhood has changed (into maturity), their age ought to remember its duties as to nature, so also, to discipline; for they are being transferred to the rank of “women” both in their persons and in their functions. (etc.)…

Be veiled, virgin, if virgin you are; for you ought to blush. If you are a virgin, shrink from (the gaze of) many eyes. Let no one wonder at your face; let no one perceive your falsehood. You do well in falsely assuming the married character, if you veil your head; nay, you do not seem to assume it falsely, for you are wedded to Christ: to Him you have surrendered your body; act as becomes your Husband’s discipline. If He bids the brides of others to be veiled, His own, of course, much more.

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Tertullian
ANF,Vol. 4, Book 2,On the Veiling of Virgins CHAPTER 9
Veiling Consistent With The Other Rules Of Discipline Observed By Virgins And Women In General

Let is now see whether, as we have shown the arguments drawn from nature and the matter itself to be applicable to the virgin as well (as to other females), so likewise the precepts of ecclesiastical discipline concerning women have an eye to the virgin.

It is not permitted to a woman to speak in the church; but neither (is it permitted her) to teach, nor to baptize, nor to offer, nor to claim to herself a lot in any manly function, not to say (in any) sacerdotal office.

Let us inquire whether any of these be lawful to a virgin. If it is not lawful to a virgin, but she is subjected on the selfsame terms (as the woman), and the necessity for humility is assigned her together with the woman, whence will this one thing be lawful to her which is not lawful to any and every female?

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Augustine ( 354 – 430 AD )
NPNF, Series 1, Vol. 1, The Letters of Augustin, 4th Division, p. 1183

LETTER 245
TO POSSIDIUS, MY MOST BELOVED LORD AND VENERABLE BROTHER AND PARTNER IN THE SACERDOTAL OFFICE, AND TO THE BRETHREN WHO ARE WITH HIM, AUGUSTIN AND THE BRETHREN WHO ARE WITH HIM SEND GREETING IN THE LORD.

…in regard to the matters on which you have consulted me. Let me say, however, in regard to ornaments of gold and costly dress, that I would not have you come to a precipitate decision in the way of forbidding their use, except in the case of those who, neither being married nor intending to marry, are bound to consider only how they may please God.

But those who belong to the world have also to consider how they may in these things please their wives if they be husbands, their husbands if they be wives; with this limitation, that it is not becoming even in married women to uncover their hair, since the apostle commands women to keep their heads covered.

[Curious how Augustine affirms the keeping of the Apostle Paul’s words about the head-covering, yet not his instructions (1 Tim. 2:9) regarding adornment, n’est-ce pas?]
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A Not-so-Early Familiar Voice from 500 years (or so) Ago

Although not one of the best authorities one could choose, John Calvin did keep some of the Apostles’ ordinances, especially involving church government and the order(ing) of women. This is from his Commentary on 1 Corinthians, Vol 1, Chapter 11: 1-16, Section 6:

“Should anyone now object, that her hair is enough, as being a natural covering, Paul said it is not, for it is such a covering as requires another thing to be made use of for covering it.” John Calvin clearly understood this instruction of the Apostle Paul that sisters should be covered or veiled and that it was required in the New Covenant.
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Friday, August 1, 2008

THE HEAD-COVERING, part 2

The Head-Covering for Christian Sisters

or

Prayer Veiling

part 2



The Apostle Paul directs the church sisters to have their heads covered while praying or prophesying. This is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, seen in the Old Testament , and verified in the Early Christian writings.


Generally speaking, however, ONLY the sisters in the Underground Church in America, follow the Apostle's teaching on this. The mainline denominations are simply uninterested in keeping the Apostle's ordinances for women.


The seminaries started changing this teaching in the 60's and 70's. The Roman Catholic church, which heretofore had maintained a staunch standard of women covering their heads in church, even changed its official stand. The Anabaptists, as a rule, have retained SOME form of a covering, even though many of these groups have turned it into a cap instead of a veiling. But, nevertheless, they are still doing BETTER THAN MOST denominations.




In today's blog, we will see some reasons WHY the head veiling for sisters is so important... reasons BEYOND MODESTY.
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The Corinthian church was made up of Greeks, Jews, and likely some Romans, since Corinth was a city of commerce, a Greek city ruled by Romans. The city was a "wild" place, with much public debauchery. There was a mixture of cultures, so that for some, The Apostle Paul had to give instruction on the very basics of HOW to come before the Living GOD.
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Some in the congregations, like the Jewish Christians, would have had some previous training in such things, because Jewish women ALWAYS were veiled in public places. Indeed, Tertullian 300 years later said the Jewish women could still be easily identified because of the veiling they wore.
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Jewish men always covered themselves with a tallith or prayer shawl during times of worship. Hence, there was a need on every side for the Apostle Paul to insist on the acceptable way to come before The LORD.
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In answer to some QUESTIONS and ARGUMENTS:
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1) Notice that the Apostle did NOT mention nor discuss the various customs of the peoples.
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2) Notice he did NOT give as reasons for the sisters' covering anything whatsoever that dealt with the appearance of the local prostitutes.
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3) Notice instead... the Apostle gave GOD-centered reasons for the brothers and sisters to comply with the head-covering ordinances.
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LET US SEE WHAT THOSE GOD-CENTERED REASONS ARE.
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The Apostle Paul does indeed explain his directive to the church and his explanation is in the context of the Old Covenant writings. In fact, Genesis, is his reference. The creation account is obvious.
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For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 11:8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
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Then, we come to a seeming digression from the Genesis creation account as the Apostle writes verse 10:

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For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
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HAS THE APOSTLE LEFT GENESIS TO DIGRESS? NO.

If we look carefully at the context, …for this cause… refers to the last clause of verse 9:
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the woman [was created] for the man.
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In the active voice, we would understand this to be: GOD created woman for / because / through/ for the sake of / man. Staying constant, now, with the Apostle’s allusion to Genesis and the reason why woman was created in the first place, we recall yet ANOTHER passage in early Genesis, specifically 6:2:
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That the sons of God (bnay haElohim, Heb.) saw the daughters of men (Adam) that they were good and they took for themselves wives from all whom they chose. (Masoretic text).
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11:10 ) For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
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SOME like to say the angels of verse 10 refer to the angels that encamp round about us. That is comforting, certainly.
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It seems in line with the context, however, that the Apostle is alluding to that horrendous event in Genesis 6 when the fallen angels, the fallen sons of Elohim, mingled their seed with the seed of Adam, through woman, creating the race of giants.. . . . THEY DID THIS TO TRY TO DESTROY THE HUMAN RACE. . . . . . .Women were NOT created by GOD to be the wives of fallen sons of Elohim but to be the wives and helpmeets of Adams, or men.
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The Apostle continues his explanatory reasonings after verse 10 talking about creation and again, alluding to Genesis, which he never ceased to do. [His explanations were all from Genesis, in other words.]
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11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 11:12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
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ANY way you want to understand this would be correct.
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Going on, in verses 14 and 15, the Apostle appeals to the common sense of the Brethren to consider how a woman, by nature, is already covered. Let nature teach you, the Apostle says, appealing to what was commonly seen as pertaining to the differences between man and woman.
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He used nature for examples because not all the congregation came from a Jewish background. Perhaps SOME might not have grasped the significance of GOD'S ORDER yet.
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Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
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SOME say …her hair is given her for [anti, Gk] a covering… means that the Apostle is instructing the church to think that her hair functions as the veil, instead of the cloth [peribolaion] she would normally put on her head. [Has he just contradicted himself … or is there something we yet again aren’t understanding about this verse ?]
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Anti, however, can mean in the place of, in the room of. In keeping with the consistency of the Apostle’s aforementioned directives, the use of anti would show the location where the peribolaion, the cloth veil, was supposed to go. Being consistent with how he explained spiritual things through natural examples, the Apostle Paul used this illustration to teach the necessity of the sisters’ head covering... and the place it ought to go, as TAUGHT EVEN BY NATURE... and the necessity of the brothers uncovered heads: even nature teaches us that is the right way, The Apostle pointed out.

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Should any be contentious, he said, ... contentious about what? Not wanting to wear the covering !... he SAID the churches of GOD have no
such custom (as sisters not being veiled.) [ See the previous blog for the reading of this verse.]
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No, for certain they did not allow the women to worship unveiled... not then nor for more than 1,500 years afterward!
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The next blog will deal with the historical practice of head covering by ALL the churches ... for more than 1,500 years.... and some say until the 1960's !

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