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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Genuflections During the Mass: What the Traditional Latin Mass Teaches Us Through Action

A Catholic Life: Genuflections During the Mass: What the Traditional Latin Mass Teaches Us Through Action



While an ordinary Catholic will no doubt be familiar with genuflecting.
 After all, everyone is supposed to genuflect towards to Real Presence
of our Lord in the Eucharist while in the Church.  As the Eucharist
should always be in the Tabernacle which rests in the center of the
Altar, we will genuflect towards the Tabernacle before entering the pews
and taking our seats.  If we ever cross the aisle, we genuflect toward
the tabernacle again as we walk before the Presence of God.



In the context of the Tridentine Latin Mass, anytime the priest walks
past the Tabernacle, he will genuflect.  The priests genuflect every
single time he approaches the altar, removes the pall, replaces the
pall, opens the tabernacle and opens the ciboria. This is done out of
respect, reverence, and awe of the presence of the Triune God who is
present in the Holy Eucharist.



SCOPE



Yet, the scope of this article is not to mention any of the above
practices.  Rather, it is to comment on the sublime realities expressed
during the Tridentine Mass when, several times through the year, the
priest and people will genuflect together as certain words are read
whether in the Epistle, Sequence, Tract, Gospel, or other place.  These
special occurrences are worthy of meditation and consideration.




Most of these occasions do not occur on Holy Days of Obligation (whether
they be on a Sunday Mass or another day of required Mass attendance).
 As a result, many Catholics - even those who attend the Tridentine
Liturgy each Sunday - may not be aware of these.

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