July's Teaching Moment

When we enter a Catholic Church, we are entering God’s house. To show proper respect upon entering anyone’s home, we should acknowledge our host. Genuflecting towards the tabernacle acknowledges God as our host and is a sign of adoration for His Real Presence. Thus, when we enter a Catholic Church, we should genuflect in the direction of the tabernacle before entering the pew as well as when exiting the pew after Mass, if we are physically able to do so.  According to the General Instruction on 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.” In sum, genuflection when passing a tabernacle is a beautiful custom preserved by the Roman Rite which gives honor to the true “King of Kings,” Our Lord Jesus Christ.

https://benedicttheafrican.org/adult-faith-formation/when-to-bow-genuflect-at-catholic-church
https://www.catholic.com/qa/should-i-bow-to-the-altar-or-genuflect-to-the-tabernacle
https://www.simplycatholic.com/proper-genuflection/ 
https://aleteia.org/2018/04/24/when-should-catholics-genuflect-in-a-church

 


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