Pell says worshippers must stay on their knees

Sydney's Archbishop, Cardinal George Pell, has requested that parishes retain the practice of having the congregation kneel during the Eucharistic prayer and before Communion at Mass.

The Catholic Weekly reports that after noting in a circular to priests that some ask worshippers to stand at these times, the cardinal advised that he has "no enthusiasm for this practice and in fact the archdiocese does not have a policy in favour of standing".

The practice of kneeling after the Sanctus until the end of the Eucharistic Prayer and also before Communion when the priest says "this is the Lamb of God" is to be retained in the archdiocese of Sydney, he said.

"The practice of requiring people to stand during the Eucharistic prayer may not be introduced without my permission."

The cardinal referred to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which specifies actions and postures to be followed during the Mass.

Congregations asked to stay on their knees (Catholic Weekly 15/5/05)

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13 May 2005