|The Congregation for Divine
“...while this Congregation gave the
recognitio to the norm desired by the Bishops' Conference of your
country that people stand for Holy Communion, this was done on the
condition that communicants who choose to kneel are not to be denied
Holy Communion on these grounds. Indeed, the faithful should not be
imposed upon nor accused of disobedience and of acting illicitly when
they kneel to receive Holy Communion.” Read complete
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Genuflecting and Kneeling Safely
There are basically three ways to genuflect or to go down to a
kneeling position. The first two are somewhat potentially hazardous,
but the third method is completely safe. I plan to have some free video
demonstrating these three methods in the near future.
1. Walk all the way
forward and then place both feet together. Then place one’s right knee
next to one’s left foot while pushing one’s right foot backward. This
method is unsafe because ones legs are being pushed back into the space
already vacated behind oneself. The person behind could be walking into
that space and could possible trip.
2. While walking
forward take a large step with the left foot and in a continuous motion
lower one’s right knee to the ground. This method is also slightly
unsafe because at eye level one appears to be vacating the space
behind. A person behind could walk into ones legs.
3. The safe method.
Walk forward slowly and then stop while the person just ahead receives
Holy Communion. Leave ample room between oneself and the person ahead.
While pausing place your left foot a half step forward. Lower ones back
so that it rests just above ones trailing (right) foot as you place your
right knee to the ground to genuflect. Do this while the person ahead
receives Holy Communion and then stand to receive Holy Communion as the
person ahead exists the Communion line.
After the person ahead leaves the Communion line place one’s left foot
slightly forward and slightly to the side. Leaving your right foot stationary, lower your body straight
down with your back descending on top of your right foot. Lean your
body forward to come to a rest onto your right knee. As you place your
left knee to the ground you can place your left foot backward to line up
with your right foot. Use caution when standing. Avoid
leaning backward and striking the person behind you. When arising, step
forward to the side of the Priest, with one foot, then the other.
Why I Prefer to
Genuflect and Kneel
God deserves our deepest and most sincere
reverence. Even Jesus knelt in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
“And he … knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if thou art willing, remove
this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.’ ” (Luke 22:41-42).
Because the One before whom we kneel before is
so great, it makes kneeling an honor. A greater appreciation of God
always leads to a greater appreciation of ourselves.
Many Catholics claim that they do not get
anything out of Mass. Some polls report that only about one third of
Catholics believe in Transubstantiation. Maybe the Holy Spirit will
help them to see that the acts of genuflecting and kneeling before the
Eucharist point to His True Presence. And maybe, the Holy Spirit will
help fallen away Catholics who are now Protestant when they visit a
Catholic Mass to realize that they gave up the Eucharist for mere bread
and grape juice.
Philippians 2:10-11 “ …
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven
and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
3:14-15 “For this reason
I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on
earth is named ”
“ … for it is written: ‘As I live, says the
Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give
praise to God.’ ”