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Genuflecting




Why do we genuflect and what does it mean?

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, “A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground, signifies adoration, and therefore it is reserved for the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as for the Holy Cross from the solemn adoration during the liturgical celebration on Good Friday until the beginning of the Easter Vigil” (274)

Genuflecting is a Roman thing. Eastern Christians bow and make the sign of the cross when they pass in front of the tabernacle. As well, the tabernacle is always on the main altar in Eastern churches. Genuflecting is basically momentarily kneeling, and in the East, kneeling is an act of penance. In the West, kneeling can be an act of penance, but it can also be an act of adoration, which is what genuflecting to the tabernacle is all about.

NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE TO GENUFLECT DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES. If you're UNABLE to genuflect, you can make a profound BOW, that is, a bow FROM THE WAIST. If you're UNABLE to make a profound bow, you can just BOW YOUR HEAD. And, if you're UNABLE to bow you head, you can SIMPLY LOWER YOUR EYES. Do whatever you can to make a sign of reverence and adoration.



Compiled by Ben Chang


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