Kneeling vs Standing / Sitting During Prayer
In my last article I discussed a cultural difference between Trad and non-Trad Catholics. Specifically, the use of Holy Ghost vs Holy Spirit.
Another item that is apparent is the practically complete abandonment of kneeling during Mass and prayer.
I once had the honour of bringing a Traditional Dominican to a non-Trad Catholic Men's group. At the end I asked Father to give us a blessing.
What unfolded before my eyes is telling about the culture of non-Trad Catholics.
Father was surrounded by the men (15 or so) and I was already kneeling so I heard the exchange:
- Father: Aren't you going to kneel?
- Man: We don't really do that anymore.
- Father: I thought your were Catholic, if you don't kneel I'm not giving you a blessing.
Everyone knelt at the same time and Father serenely gave us a blessing.
There was a precursor blessing followed by the blessing proper.
So, a quick way to help non-Trad's to encounter a dissonance is to kneel when praying. I haven't always done this myself, but after this reflection, I will endeavour to do so!
A good example goes a long way!