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Old Dec 27, '07, 7:09 pm
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I'm looking for a visual explaination of 'how to genuflect'. Does anyone know where on the internet I could find it.
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Go down on your left knee and cross yourself with the right hand.
I thought it was down with your right knee?
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I thought it was down with your right knee?
It is, I am sleep deprived.
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Does it matter?
I always do left knee, It feels weird doing it with my right knee...

Edit: I think I have a stronger right leg, so I can get up easier when my left knee touches teh ground...
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Does it matter?
I always do left knee, It feels weird doing it with my right knee...

Edit: I think I have a stronger right leg, so I can get up easier when my left knee touches teh ground...
Genuflecting on the left knee is for earthly monarchs. The right knee is for God. If it's a matter of a real disability, by all means genuflect on your left knee rather than not at all. If you just need to strengthen the other knee, then do it for the Lord.

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It is, I am sleep deprived.
Oh, I was just going to say...I have been doing it wrong for a long time then!
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Genuflecting on the left knee is for earthly monarchs. The right knee is for God. If it's a matter of a real disability, by all means genuflect on your left knee rather than not at all. If you just need to strengthen the other knee, then do it for the Lord.

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If it's a matter of a real disability, by all means genuflect on your left knee rather than not at all.
I genuflect on my Left knee for three reasons...I walk with a cane due to arthritis, previously torn ligaments in my right knee and degenerative vertebrae discs in my back.

However; during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament I will make the effort under pain to get down on both knees prostrating before My God hidden in Monstrance.

I have heard some priests make comment that going down on both knees was no longer necessary. In fact I have witnessed some priests taking parishioners aside after the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and scrutinize their actions.
Not sure what gives in this instant. Whats wrong with prostrating oneself on both knees?
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I genuflect on my Left knee for three reasons...I walk with a cane due to arthritis, previously torn ligaments in my right knee and degenerative vertebrae discs in my back.

However; during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament I will make the effort under pain to get down on both knees prostrating before My God hidden in Monstrance.

I have heard some priests make comment that going down on both knees was no longer necessary. In fact I have witnessed some priests taking parishioners aside after the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and scrutinize their actions.
Not sure what gives in this instant. Whats wrong with prostrating oneself on both knees?
Nothing at all is wrong with it, but it is no longer required. Those who wish to genuflect on one knee are free to do so without breaking any rules.

I'm very impressed that you genuflect at all. In your situation I'd be doing a profound bow and not giving it a second thought. You have inspired me.

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Go down on your left knee and cross yourself with the right hand.

hummm...

actually one can 'go down on your left knee' before men. Kings and such...

before the Blessed Sacrament --it is adoration--of Christ---so one goes down on ones right knee.


"274. A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground, signifies adoration...."

--General Instruction of the Roman Missal

one may make the sign of the cross...but it is not part of the genuflection per se.
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Adding to what others have said, genuflecting on the left knee is also a very traditional (and rarely used) way of honoring a bishop or the pope. When one kisses the episcopal ring you can genuflect on your left knee. This is an important distinction becuase the right knee is reserved for God.

As a 19 year old I was never alive when a "double-genuflection" was required however I still genuflect on both knees when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a ciborium or monstrance. Otherwise, when entering or leaving a pew or entering the sanctuary outside of Mass I genuflect on my right knee, often times (but not always) crossing myself.
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Adding to what others have said, genuflecting on the left knee is also a very traditional (and rarely used) way of honoring a bishop or the pope. When one kisses the episcopal ring you can genuflect on your left knee. This is an important distinction becuase the right knee is reserved for God.

As a 19 year old I was never alive when a "double-genuflection" was required however I still genuflect on both knees when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a ciborium or monstrance. Otherwise, when entering or leaving a pew or entering the sanctuary outside of Mass I genuflect on my right knee, often times (but not always) crossing myself.
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Old Feb 22, '10, 1:37 pm
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The Roman Missal describes a genuflection simply: "274. A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground ...".

Here is my more involved description and suggestions for practice. Step forward with the left leg. Bend the right knee to the ground, level with the left heel. Try to keep you back straight and head up. Hold the position for a few seconds. Then stand up by stepping back with the left leg, and straightening the right leg.

Having mastered the above, practice genuflecting with hands joined. This is described in the Ceremonial of Bishops: "107. Unless the bishop is holding the pastoral staff, he keeps his hands joined: [footnote 80: "Hands joined" means: "Holding the palms sideward and together before the breast, with the right thumb crossed over the left" (Caeremoniale Episcoporum, ed. 1886, I, XIX, 1).] when, vested, he walks in procession for the celebration of a liturgy, when he is kneeling at prayer; when he moves from altar to chair or from chair to altar; when the liturgical books prescribe joined hands." (Reference: Ceremonial of Bishops, Liturgical Press, 1989, ISBN 0-8146-1818-9, page 43.)

The original Latin description includes that the fingers are to be extended, so they should be straight, when joined.

Sometimes you will not be able to step forward to genuflect. For example when saying the Creed on the feast of the Assumption and Christmas a genuflection is required at the words "and became man". But there may be another seat in front of you. So in this case, move the right leg backwards a step, then bend the right knee to the ground, next to the left heel. Stand up by bringing the right leg forward.
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In our Adoration Chapel I have noticed most people get down on both knees upon entering and exiting. A LOT of people actually lay down before the Blessed Sacrament and kiss the floor. .What does that mean? Even old ladies and old men do this and I can almost feel their pain as they do it.
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