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Ask Fr. Francis: Are We Supposed to Kneel or Stand?

The following is an excerpt from Fr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.

Fr. Francis Ching PortraitQuestion:

After the priest blessed the Eucharist, some people would stand up, while others would prefer to continue to kneel. Which way is correct?

Fr. Francis' answer: 

Officially, the Church’s latest guidelines allow for a two-fold approach: the general rule and room for local adaptation.

The general rule is from after the “Holy Holy” to the Great Amen, the congregation is to kneel. However, the local bishop may, in view of local tradition or pastoral concerns, modify it, with the stipulation that the congregation is to kneel at least from after “Holy Holy” to the Memorial Acclamation.

“The guidelines also require local congregation to maintain unity in gestures. So any disparity of customs should be avoided through pastoral application of formation and exhortation, especially from the bishop and the pastors. So, if at a parish, some people are kneeling till the Great Amen and some are standing by the time of the Memorial Acclamation, it is the responsibility of the pastor to educate and encourage the people to adopt the same norm as laid down by the local bishop...”

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