Monday, March 2, 2009

Miss Manners in the Pew

What is the correct liturgical action to perform before the exposed Blessed Sacrament? Most would probably say we should genuflect on both knees and bow. This is the traditional action required by the old (now extraordinary rite). It seems also to be fairly common practice in KCMO. The new Roman Ritual (ET Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1990) Vol. 1 p. 671, however, notes under the heading Exposition of the Holy Eucharist,

II. Regulations for Exposition

84.    Genuflection in the presence of the blessed sacrament, whether reserved in the tabernacle or exposed for public adoration, is on one knee.

I have no problem with people still following the old rite, but given that the new rite says "on one knee" I don't think we should teach people to see genuflecting on one knee as bad liturgical manners. It is actually the correct form.



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