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US bishops issue reminder on kneeling during Eucharistic Prayer

Standing during the eucharistic prayer at Mass in US dioceses is permitted "only on exceptional and extraordinary occasions ... and never on a regular basis," the US bishops' Committee on Liturgy said in its latest newsletter.

The committee's September newsletter, made public in mid-October, said "the only licit posture" during the eucharistic prayer is kneeling, unless Catholics "are prevented on occasion from kneeling due to 'health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason.'"

The newsletter was quoting from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

The determination of what is a "good reason" is left to bishops in each diocese, the newsletter said.

Since the Vatican-approved US adaptations of the Roman Missal took effect on 25 April, the US bishops' Secretariat for Liturgy has received "several inquiries" about the proper posture during the eucharistic prayer, the newsletter said.

Catholic News Service

US Conference of Catholic Bishops | Committee on Liturgy | Newsletter | Posture During the Eucharistic Prayer
The Correct Posture at Mass: Should we be standing or kneeling? (Good News Ministries, Tampa Bay)

23 Oct 2002