Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Remember to genuflect during the Creed today!

The Creed is sung or recited by the priest together with the people with everyone standing. At the words et incarnatus est (by the power of the Holy Spirit . . . became man) all make a profound bow; but on the Solemnities of the Annunciation and of the Nativity of the Lord, all genuflect. (GIRM 137)


Anonymous said...

See Jeff, this is where I think the Novus Ordo has it wrong. We should genuflect every time the Credo is said like in the Latin Mass, not just on two days a year...

I remember my old Parish, where not only was there no bowing, but even no bobbing of the head. If you make something optional or infrequent, it's going to leave pretty quick... :(

Jeff Pinyan (japhy) said...

I don't know why the discipline was changed. I also don't remember hearing about the genuflection much; the priest at Mass this morning DID mention in at the beginning of Mass, however.

If you don't know it's appropriate to make a profound bow (a bow of the body, as opposed to the head) during the Creed, it's easy enough to miss it when it happens (if anyone does it), and then you might pass it off for a pious devotion; a genuflection is considerably harder to miss.