25 August 2008

A Friendly Reminder- Genuflection

Genuflection: In front of the Blessed Sacrament reserved, bring the right knee down to touch the floor where the right heel once was. There should be a pause while you are on your knee- enough to pray "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

What we should avoid is the knee spasm reflex thing. That silly looking gesture that looks like a half curtsy. Besides, we genuflect to honor the Real Presence of Our Lord. It is not a gesture to take lightly or go half way with. If your knee is killing you so you can't put your knee to the ground, make a profound bow instead. Whatever you do, do it reverently. The Savior went all the way with His cross, suffering for the last several hours of His life. Can we not take the time to properly show reverence to His Body and Blood?


Blogger Daniel said...

I believe you, but when I was in RCIA, they said that you should not pause. Genuflection, in other words, ought to be one continuous movement (or so I was taught). That felt a bit odd to me, so I also pause long enough to pray the Sign of the Cross.

-Just wanted to let you know that some people are ignorant in good conscience.

August 26, 2008 11:02 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

I believe you on that, Daniel! That must be true almost all of the time here. It's hard to imagine that someone would think "this is how I should genuflect, but I'm going to do it this way." Well, let me modify that. Some people with the knee spasm thing must be just lazy.

August 28, 2008 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to see a Christian like yourself so consumed in legalism.

August 30, 2008 10:46 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

Do I know you, anonymous???

What is sad (and I will pray for you) is that there are people who are so ignorant of God's plan for worship of him.

Can you imagine going into someone's house and saying "Oh no, you don't want that. You want this." Absurd! God has a very specific way that he wants to be worshiped. Did he not give the Israelites through Moses a set of painfully detailed guidelines for worship of him? Would you say that God is consumed in legalism for determining the size of his tabernacle and ark- down to the cubit, and even the type of wood used?? See Exodus 25.

The same applies in His Church. There is nothing wrong with doing things right!

August 30, 2008 11:00 PM  

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