first question was the Q&A entitled
What is the
history of genuflection?
on Sept. 24, 2006
Dear Rev. Know-It-All,
Thanks for answering my first question!
Here's my new question for you:
When is the appropriate time to sit or
kneel after communion?
Ben D. Knees
I, like most profound thinkers on the issue,
don’t have a clue.
Instruction to the Roman Missal seems to imply that one
stands during communion.
Cardinal George wrote for a clarification
and received the answer that the GIRM
did not forbid kneeling after communion, though some bishops do.
Kneeling originated as a movement of the
laity, I suspect. It preceded kneelers. My recommendation is
kneel until your knees hurt. It is the reverence that matters.
Standing is a little odd, but if you want to stand, enjoy.
I think it is foolish to legislate spontaneous
gestures. Worship the Lord and do what seems right. Standing gets
in the way of the people behind you so if your expression of reverence
is to stand, it might be better to do it in the back of the church.
Kneeling, however is the normal human expression of reverence for a sovereign,
and the time honored is to kneel as long as the Blessed Sacrament is out
The Scriptures say that the Father seeks
worshippers in spirit and in truth. The Greek word (tell me you are
surprised that I am saying it in Greek) is proskynein, which
means to fall flat on your face. If you want to do that, fine, just
make sure that you’re somewhere no one is going to trip on you I've found
that people who do flamboyant things at Mass generally aren't worshipping,
they’re play acting, which in Greek, of course, is hypocrite.
Do what comes from your heart and not from
rebellion or theatrics.
Should we sit
or kneel or stand after communion?