I want to know if I should be bowing when leaving the sanctuary in the middle of mass and walking in front of the church, crossing from one side to the other to exit?
When we (RCIA) candidates are dismissed just after the homily, we go downstairs to meet for breaking open the word. The only way to get out is to walk in front of the church and walk past the altar. When I come* in* for mass, I always bow at the waist in front of the altar and then genuflect before entering the pew, then bow again after mass when leaving (our parish is more conservative, I don’t know if this is all normal stuff)
But no one bows at the altar as we walk past when we’re dismissed. I feel super awkward walking in front of everyone 350 maybe more for that particular mass) but even more so if I’m not doing it right!