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Bowing during the Creed QUESTION from Johnny October 13, 1998
Dear John: The Missal clearly indicates that we are to bow at a certain part of the Creed, but I NEVER see anyone ever do it. Is this merely a suggestion, or is it part of the requirements of the liturgy? If a requirement of the liturgy as the Church has written it, then are we sinning by not bowing at this point? Thanks.
ANSWER by Mr. John Miskell on October 13, 1998
Dear Johnny, The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) is the document, with the force of law, which governs worship for the entire Church throughout the world. It is found at the beginning of every copy of the Sacramentary, also known as The Roman Missal. It's the book used by the priest at every Mass. According to the General Instruction, n. 234: a)A bow of the head is made when the three Divine Persons are named together and at the name of Jesus, Mary, and the saint in whose honor Mass is celebrated. b)A bow of the body is made before the altar, if the blessed sacrament is not present; at the prayers, Almighty God, cleanse, and Lord God, we ask you to receive; in the profession of faith at the words, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Roman canon at the words, Almighty God, we pray. The same kind of bow is made by the deacon when he asks the blessing before the gospel. The priest, moreover, bows slightly when he says the words of the Lord at the consecration. Sadly, there seems to be a general disregard for this, and it demonstrates either ignorance or disobedience. Disobedience to the authority of the Church is a sin. Individual culpability is for God alone to judge. Regards, John Back to Index Page