Should the covering worn by sisters be a veil or a hat?
- As long as the head is fully covered it does not matter whether this is done with a hat or veil. The word for "cover," "katakalupto" means "to cover fully" ( Yg). This is the only guide to the kind of head covering.
- The head covering was intended to fully cover the head --- the very place where the natural glory of the woman was displayed (11:15). Covering of glory, not its display, was its purpose.
- Can a head covering which displays the wealth or social standing of the wearer at the same time be a token of her subjection? Individual conscience and responsibility must provide the answer. "Women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel" (1 Tim. 2:9, R.S.V.).
- The head covering (whether a hat or a veil) is a symbol reflecting a woman's subjection to her husband. A sister who wears a large hat in all the ecclesial meetings, but who constantly asserts herself by usurping the authority of the brethren, has complied with the requirements of the symbol, but has not accepted in her heart the principles for which it stands. Sisters who frequently engage in carping and nagging criticism of their husbands, and who attempt to run the Ecclesia in private, "behind the scenes," might reflect once again on the significance of the head covering.