Bowing v. Genuflecting


#1

When is it appropriate to bow or genuflect while in church? And what is the difference between a bow and a profound bow?


#2

[quote=Audrey]When is it appropriate to bow or genuflect while in church?
[/quote]

Generally speaking, outside of the liturgy one bows to the altar if Christ is not present on the altar; one genuflects toward the tabernacle, or toward the altar if Christ is present on the altar (e.g., in the monstrance during eucharistic adoration) or in a tabernacle behind the altar. During the liturgy, one bows or genuflects according to the prescribed liturgical rubrics.

[quote=Audrey]And what is the difference between a bow and a profound bow?
[/quote]

A “profound bow” is usually considered to be a deep bow from the waist.


DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.