My archdiocese has the following instructions for Mass, since late 2011:
*We sit for the Procession with the Gifts, then we stand for the prayer: “May the Lord accept the sacrifice…”
We remain standing until the invocation of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharistic Prayer*, when the priest joins his hands and extends them over the bread and the wine. **At that point, we kneel, **and remain kneeling for the Institution Narrative and the Consecration.
We stand at the words “The Mystery of Faith”, and continue to stand until all have received Holy Communion. Communion is received standing. The sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion is a simple bow of the head, not a genuflection.
I find this innovation strange. I particularly miss kneeling throughout the whole Eucharistic Prayer, to the Great Doxology. What does the GIRM say? Are individual Catholics of this diocese bound to follow the local norms? Does the universal tradition & law of the Church allow individuals to act out of accord with these local norms? Who exactly do I “obey” in this matter?