[quote="findingmyself08, post:4, topic:293363"]
If someone does not know why they are doing something, they may be less inclined to do so. If people should bow during the Creed, it must be explained, demonstrated, and practiced.
Should it? If the Church says that we should bow at those words, we should bow at those words because the Holy Mother Church says so.
It is - of course - our personal task to learn the reasons behind things, but we assume that if the Church requires something, then there are very good reasons behind that.
Suffices to us that the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani states:
At the words et incarnatus est (by the power of the Holy Spirit . . . and became man) all make a profound bow; but on the solemnities of the Annunciation and of the Nativity of the Lord, all genuflect.
It will be very interesting if anyone could share the exact reason, if the Magisterium has been so kind as to explain to us why we make a profound bow when we profess that for our salvation God became Man.
From a few years ago here:
[quote="Br.Rich_SFO, post:4, topic:134366"]
Because it is the event that allowed Christ be unite Human nature with Divinity, it allowed Man to share in God's Divinity. Without it the Sacrifice of the Cross would not have been possible.
[quote="japhy, post:3, topic:134366"]
We bow at this part of the Creed as a sign of reverence for the wondrous miracle of the Incarnation, by which our God deigned to come to us as a man. The bow is just that: a sign of reverence for the Incarnation.
In The Glories of the Catholic Church: The Catholic Christian Instructed in Defence of His Faith (via Google Books), the explanation given is this:
Why does the priest kneel at the words Et incarnatus est?
In adoration of our Lord's blessed Humanity and in profound acknowledgment of His unspeakable condescension in taking our flesh upon Him.