We Kneel to Our
"Therefore GOD also has exalted
Him and has bestowed upon Him the name that is above every name, so that AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD
BEND of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth,
tongue should confess that
the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of GOD the
in some parishes, the priest requires the parishioners to stand during the most
holy part of the Mass, the Consecration. When asked why they do this, they
either refuse to answer or they say that Vatican Council II requires it.
Let us see
exactly what Vatican Council II really does say regarding this
20. A bodily
posture common to all who are present is a sign of their unity with each other
as a congregation; it expresses the mental attitude and dispositions of those
taking part and enhances them.
21. To achieve this bodily posture the
faithful should heed the directions given to them in the course of the
celebration by the deacon, the priest, or other assistant. Unless some contrary
instruction has been given, they should in all forms of the Mass, stand from the
moment the priest enters or reaches the altar until the end of the Collect; also
at the Alleluia before the Gospel; during the Gospel itself, the Creed and the
Prayer of the Faithful; in addition from the Prayer over the Gifts until the end
of Mass except where indicated below.
They should sit during the readings which precede the Gospel
and during the Responsorial Psalm; for the homily, and during the Preparation of
the Gifts; also when it seems fitting, during the silence which follows the
distribution of Communion. But unless impeded by lack
of space, density of the crowd or other reasonable cause, THEY SHOULD KNEEL DOWN
FOR THE CONSECRATION.
excerpt from Vatican II can be found in "Vatican Collection Volume 1, Vatican
Council II, the Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents", Costello Publishing
Company, page 167.
As you can see, the
document from Vatican II does NOT say to stand during the Consecration, but it
does say to KNEEL DOWN. I have yet to see an "other reasonable cause" regarding
The Roman Missal says essentially the same
The General Instruction of the Roman
Missal (G.I.R.M. 4th edition) Issued 27 March,
Chapter I: Importance and Dignity of the Eucharistic
Chapter II: Structure, Elements, and Parts of the Mass
General Structure of the Mass Different Elements of the Mass Individual Parts of
the Mass Introductory Rites Liturgy of the Word Liturgy of the Eucharist
20. The uniformity in standing, kneeling, or sitting to
be observed by all taking part is a sign of the community and the unity of the
assembly; it both expresses and fosters the spiritual attitude of those taking
21. For the sake of uniformity in movement and posture, the
people should follow the directions given during the celebration by the deacon,
the priest, or another minister. Unless other provision is made, at every Mass
the people should stand from the beginning of the entrance song or when the
priest enters until the end of the opening prayer or collect; for the singing of
the Alleluia before the Gospel; while the Gospel is proclaimed; during the
profession of faith and the general intercessions; from the prayer over the
gifts to the end of the Mass, except at the places indicated later in this
paragraph. They should sit during the readings before the Gospel and during the
Responsorial Psalm, for the homily and the presentation of the gifts, and, if
this seems helpful, during the period of silence after Communion. They should kneel at the Consecration unless prevented by lack of
space, the number of people present, or some other GOOD REASON.
it is up to the conference of bishops to adapt the actions and postures
described in the Order of the Roman Mass to the customs of the people.  But
the conference must make sure that such adaptations correspond to the meaning
and character of each part of the celebration.
Priests have no authority to circumvent the postures decreed by the
G.I.R.M.. If a priest has said we must stand during the consecration, the laity
has the right to respectfully decline to do so...
The Christian faithful have the right to worship GOD
according to the prescriptions of their own rite approved by the legitimate
pastors of the Church, and to follow their own form of spiritual life consonant
with the teaching of the Church.
1983 Code of Canon
In addition, the priest cannot refuse reception of
Holy Communion to those who respectfully decline to stand during the
1. The sacred ministers cannot refuse the sacraments to
those who ask for them at appropriate times, are properly disposed, and are not
prohibited by law from receiving them.
1983 Code of Canon
Missal which is provided by all Churches, tells the parishioners what postures
to assume at which points in the Mass. It tells us all to KNEEL from the end of the Sanctus, to the end of the Great
Amen. The Sanctus is before the Consecration and the
Great Amen is after it.
In this writing, I have provided three authentic
Church documents, all of which say the same thing, we
do not stand for the Consecration, but we KNEEL to Our Lord Jesus
Bible references. We Kneel before our
1Kings 8:54, 2Chronicles 6:13-14, Ezra
9:5, Psalm 95:6-7, Isaiah 45:24, Daniel 6:10,10:9-10, Matthew 2:11,17:14, Mark
1:40,10:17, Luke 22:41, Acts 9:40,20:36,21:5, Rom 14:11, Ephesians 3:14,
"...For we all stand at the judgment seat of GOD; for it is written,
As I LIVE, says the Lord, to Me EVERY KNEE SHALL
BEND, and every tongue shall give praise to GOD."
this verse describe the Consecration? As the priest calls down THE WORD with his
word, the bread and the wine become the LIVING GOD in totality, BODY, BLOOD,
SOUL, and DIVINITY. Who would not feel in his heart, the yearning to kneel
before the LIVING GOD?
It would be even more reverent for us to
prostrate ourselves before Him.
Written by Bob Stanley, December 23,
Updated on April 3, 2004
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