Agreed I didn’t mean to imply that you “couldn’t” in my previous post.
I was basing my recommendation on the experiences of my Baptist mother in law and non-Christian sister in law.
When they come for a visit they attend mass with my family.
The first mass, they both sat. Then they began to sit and stand. Then it was sit, stand and go up for a blessing. And then sit, stand, kneel and go up for a blessing.
Now they say most of the prayers right along with us and you wouldn’t be able to tell they were not-Catholic just by watching them.
They told me they felt really uncomfortable not following along at that first mass. The sit and stand helped them feel much more comfortable. The transition from scooting forward in their seat while others knelt to a full blown kneel took the longest transition time. **
I was really just thinking along the lines of helping you to be as comfortable as quickly as possible **
But in retrospect, it may be the transition process itself that made them more comfortable over time.
So, yeah, do what feels right and God bless ya.