40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.

Lesson 5: Genuflect

“At the name of Jesus, every knee must bow.” That’s what St. Paul wrote years ago. And so, as the priest and ministers approach the altar they make a genuflection to honor the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in the Tabernacle. If the tabernacle is not in the center of the sanctuary, then the priest bows to the altar and the crucifix as a sign of reverence.

When the faithful enter the Church, and before they enter their pew, it is praiseworthy for them to make a genuflection to the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle containing the Most Blessed Sacrament should be clearly visible. Look for the little vigil light burning next to it.

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