Why Do We Kneel at Mass?

Do you know why we kneel at Mass?  We should all know and yet there may be some of us who do not, especially among our young people.   Read Archbishop John C. Nienstedt’s great little article on why we kneel.  Please take this to heart and help spread the word!

Why do we kneel at Mass?

By Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

I enjoy doing school visits when I can celebrate Mass with the school community and visit classrooms besides.

In a recent question-and-answer session, a young student asked me why we kneel at Mass. I responded by saying that we, as human beings, are both body and spirit and that these two elements have a very direct influence on one another.

Obviously, whenever we pray we use our whole body, because we know that is the best way to engage our hearts fully. When we stand or kneel, bow or genuflect, we are expressing in action what we mean to say from our heart. Kneeling expresses adoration, humility and willing service.

To read the full article, click here.

Print this entry