Honoring the Priests: Bowing and Kissing

I copied and pasted the below from the FE website.

***-- Cross yourself and make a profound bow when the priest and Crucifer walk down the aisle before and after Mass. After Mass, as the priest leaves the Altar, it is also customary to pray for him. (Some simply bow the head instead of making a profound bow at these times)

– when greeting a hierarch who doesn’t have jurisdiction over you (e.g., the Bishop of a diocese other than one in which you live). As you bow, kiss the hierarch’s ring. This bow and ring-kissing are only done if the Pope is not present.

– Kissing a priest’s hands: the priest’s hands may be kissed when greeting or leaving him because they alone are able to confect the Holy Eucharist. They are also kissed on Palm Sunday when receiving a palm (which is also kissed). During the Mass, the priest’s hands are kissed by the acolytes/altar boys. ***

I normally bow as the priest passes me when processing down the aisle. I noticed not all parishes do this. I think it is a beautiful ritual. Does anyone else do this?

Has anyone kissed a priest’s hand, or kissed a Bishop’s ring?

I do a slight bow when the priest goes to the altar when Mass begins, and when he takes his leave off the altar. I also thankfully have been blessed with the honor of kissing a bishops ring for the first time, when I was confirmed last year after the celebration. I did a slight bow of the knee and quickly reached for his hand and gently kissed his ring. Sadly due to the way things are done in most parishes throughout America and the world possible this ritual isnt that common:( If I was a Priest/Bishop I would be more than happy to receive kisses on the hand/ring from my flock. It is a great and lovely gesture of respect and honor for the office that they hold.

I have never seen any of these done. I attend mass 4x a week and I have never in my life seen a Deacon, seminarian or alter server kiss the priest in any manner.

The church as a whole does genuflect as the priest bowes before leaving the alter at the end of mass, but that is it.

I have never seen this either. With all the scandals, I think that would be very uncomfortable. I have kissed an Archbishop’s ring, though. I asked him for permission and did it so I could give the indulgence to the souls in Purgatory.

Reverence toward the bishop and other persons
76 The bishop is greeted with a bow by the ministers or others when they approach to assist him, when they leave after assisting him, or when they pass in front of him. [Footnote 70: 1968 Instruction *Pontificalis ritus, n. 25]”
(Ceremonial of Bishops, Liturgical Press, 1989, ISBN 0-8146-1818-9, page 38.)

There are no similar instructions for bowing to a priest. The “other persons” referred to in the heading above are for a head of state and “other officials holding high position in the government of a nation, region, or city”. The “reverence” they receive is a greeting at the door of the church or during the entrance procession.

I have kissed my priests hand and also bow when he processes to and from the altar, go ahead and do it, it is more important than ever to show our priests our respect and love for them given the criticism they come under so much these days and given that the priest is such a special figure we should do it in a special way we would not use for anyone else.

I bow at pray for the priest during the procession.

I have never seen the acolytes kissing the priest or anyone kissing hands, in either form of the Mass. In fact, I’ve never seen palms given out, they’ve always been at the back of church to collect, so I wouldn’t have the chance to grab a hand and kiss it!

Our bishop isn’t the ring kissing type. I had to force a blessing for my baby out of him yesterday, he was too busy singing her nursery rhymes! Don’t get me wrong, he’s a lovely man and a really good pastoral leader, I just can’t imagine such formality going down well with him.

The only time I can remember when it might have gone down ok was in Africa where the Church hierarchy seem much more traditional and defintely expected signs of respect.

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Mary was preserved from all stain of original sin from the first instant of her conception (the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception) [490-492].
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Mary, “the All-Holy,” lived a perfectly sinless life [411, 493]. - Roman Catholicism
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Each Sacrifice of the Mass appeases God’s wrath against sin [1371, 1414]. - Roman Catholicism
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The faithful receive the benefits of the cross in fullest measure through the Sacrifice of the Mass [1366, 1407]. - Roman Catholicism
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The sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated in the Sacrifice of the Mass [1323, 1382] - Roman Catholicism
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Indulgences dispensed by the Church for acts of piety release sinners from temporal punishment [1471-1473]. - Roman Catholicism
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I have kissed a Bishop’s Ring but I have never thought to bow for our priest. I will have to ponder this.

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