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Meeting Christ in the Liturgy
Instruction of the Roman Missal

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  • IV. SOME GENERAL RULES FOR ALL FORMS OF MASS
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GENUFLECTIONS AND BOWS

233. Three genuflections are made during Mass: after the showing of the eucharistic bread, after the showing of the chalice, and before communion.

If there is a tabernacle with the blessed sacrament in the sanctuary, a genuflection is made before and after Mass and whenever anyonepasses in front of the blessed sacrament.

234. There are two kinds of bow, a bow of the head and a bow of the body:

a. A bow of the head is made when the three divine Persons are named together and at the name of Jesus, Mary and the saint in whose honor Mass is celebrated.

b. A bow of the body, or profound bow, is made: toward the altar if there is no tabernacle with the blessed sacrament; during the prayers, «Almighty God, cleanse» and «Lord God, we ask you to receive»; within the profession of faith at the words, «by the power of the Holy Spirit»; in Eucharistic Prayer I (Roman Canon) at the words, «Almighty God, we pray». The same kind of bow is made by the deacon when he asks the blessing before the gospel. In addition, the priest bends over slightly as he says the words of the Lord at the consecration.

 




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