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Why do we bend the right knee when genuflecting?

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Why do we bend the right knee when genuflecting?


According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, “A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground, signifies adoration, and therefore it is reserved for the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as for the Holy Cross from the solemn adoration during the liturgical celebration on Good Friday until the beginning of the Easter Vigil” (274).
—Peggy Frye


  1. DaveW Reply

    Should we genuflect when the cross is carried in at the beginning and out at the end of the Mass?

  2. keda smith Reply

    I left a question on one of these forums and forget where. I really need and answer as I am much worried about two things. Firstly can a lay person expose and repose the blessed sacrament? and we have a senior acolyte who when the holy water blessed at Easter gets down, instead of getting the priest to bless more (for baptisms etc) he simply tops it up with water from the tap as a result we are in the new year and we now have more holy water than we started with. I am a coordinator of Baptisms so this worries me a lot. I do not want the acolyte to be in trouble BUT this is more important than that.

    1. wattshappenin Reply

      The water in the font is blessed in the rite of baptism… so there is no need for it to have been previously blessed before hand.

  3. Michaels Omwanhiaokpa Reply

    @keda, during baptism d blessings over d water is said, it’s fresh water dat is needed.

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