The Armchair Liturgist: Double Genuflections

Anybody with any thoughts on this? St Anthony Messenger Online gives this brief, helpful description for the importance of genuflection, noting that it is no longer required by the post-conciliar liturgy.

Anybody still double genuflecting?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Double Genuflections

  1. DavAnnb says:

    I double genuflect when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. I know the rubrics don’t require it, but it feels like I should do something different when it is exposed rather than in the tabernacle. Even if there isn’t an official difference, it psychologically seems different. However, I haven’t seen any priests or deacons do the double genuflection during exposition/benediction.

    I do as the article mentions bow to an altar when there is no tabernacle in the sanctuary, which is something that few people in my area seem to do. Must still genuflect when they enter their pews.

  2. Liam says:

    Yes, I maintain the double, though I know it is no longer required. Just because somethings no longer required doesn’t mean it’s not commendable.

  3. Tony says:

    I have never “doubled” (I was never taught to). However, I do genuflect to the tabernacle, and when it was in the side chapel, I genuflected to the side (this prompted questions which were teaching moments).

    It was interesting the number of people who genuflected to the empty tabernacle on Good Friday.

  4. sacerdos says:

    I double genuflect at benediction (as presider) and when approaching or departing in the presence of the exposed blessed sacrament (even in abito piano – “plain blacks”). It is true that Jesus is not somehow *more* present in the monstrance than in the tabernacle (an argument often given for dropping the double genuflection) but a wise parishioner of mine put it very plain. She said, “when I drive past my grandfather’s house, I honk the horn, but If I notice he is outside on the porch, I usually stop the car and say a few words.” something to think about. I do NOT, however, excoriate anybody for failing to make a double genuflection if the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.

  5. Liam says:

    A *perfect* explanation, and commendable practice.

  6. Todd says:

    And just for the record, I double genuflect on the more solemn occasions of adoration. I was curious as the practice is new to me.

    We had Eucharistic exposition after a school Mass a few months ago, and the pastor requested the children do so. It rather surprised the teachers, and if that was part of the reason, very few adults and no children did it. The kids probably didn’t know what he was talking about.

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