Culture of Life
Why Do Catholics ...?
When are the faithful supposed to bow at Mass?
BY The Editors
July 29-August 11, 2012 Issue | Posted 7/20/12 at 3:10 PM
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 98, states that, during the profession of faith, “at the words by the power of the Holy Spirit, etc., all bow; on the solemnities of the Annunciation and Christmas all kneel.”
In addition, GIRM 275 states, “A bow of the head is made when the three divine Persons are named together and at the names of Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the saint in whose honor Mass is being celebrated.”
A bow is also required before receiving Communion: “When receiving holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. … When holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood” (160).
Have you always wondered about some aspect of the faith? Or maybe you’d like to know some trivia about Pope Benedict. If you do, email us your question at email@example.com and look for the answer in an upcoming issue.
Copyright © 2013 EWTN News, Inc. All rights reserved.