Postures and Gestures
Our postures and gestures contribute to the beauty of the liturgy and help us to express a proper spiritual attitude. Common postures and gestures -according to the instruction of the rubrics - should be observed by all, as a sign of the unity of the Church.
We stand at times during the liturgy to express reverence for God, as during the Gospel. We sit when listening attentively to the Readings and the Homily. As a sign of supreme adoration, we kneel during the Eucharistic Prayer. We genuflect toward the Tabernacle, wherein Jesus abides, when entering the church or passing the sanctuary.
It is also important to remember: During the Confiteor ("I confess…") we strike our breasts at the words "I have sinned." During the Creed, we bow profoundly at the words: "He was born of the Virgin Mary and became man." We stand when the priest says "Pray, brothers and sisters…" We bow our heads before saying "Amen" when receiving Communion.