Should I genuflect in the Lady Chapel?



I’ve been attending a city church for some time now, but have only recently started to visit the Lady Chapel in the annexe as well. Something I’m not sure of, though, is whether to genuflect upon entering it: when observing others to see what they do, I notice that some people genuflect or bow, but others don’t. Is there an advised code of behaviour for Lady Chapels that I could follow, please?

There is also a small golden door that appears to be a tabernacle above the altar in there: would it be normal for this to have the Host in it?

Thank you for your time!



If there is a lighted lamp (usually red) near by, then the Blessed Sacrament is present and you need to genuflect. The Lady Chapel I’m familiar with (at St. Dominic’s in San Francisco) has a little tabernacle, but the Blessed Sacrament is not in it.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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