Standing during the consecration


In my diocese we recently started standing during the Consecration. Why is this, shouldn’t we be on our knees?


The *General Instruction of the Roman Missal * (GIRM) clearly states that, in the United States, kneeling is the correct posture during the consecration.

“In the dioceses of the United States of America, [the faithful] should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason. Those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the consecration.” (GIRM 43)

This instruction cannot be changed without the Conference of Bishops obtaining approval from the Apostolic See.

“It is up to the Conferences of Bishops to decide on the adaptations indicated in this General Instruction and in the Order of Mass and, once their decisions have been accorded the recognitio of the Apostolic See, to introduce them into the Missal itself. These adaptations include:

• The gestures and posture of the faithful…” (GIRM 309)

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