Can Priest Prohibit...?

Is a Priest allowed to prohibit me from genuflecting when I receive the Eucharist?

thanks for your reply



Dear Joseph,

I don't think so. However all of us must obey legitimate authority (unless they order us to do something sinful). Otherwise we would have a chaos - and bitterness - which does great damage, especially to young people and children. I would address your question to the person in authority over the priest, namely his bishop. No doubt there are others in the parish who would like to show a fuller sign of reverence, like genuflecting while the person in front receives. But meanwhile I encourage you to show external reverence by making a simple or profound bow, but not in a way which would slow the communion procession.

Let me know how it turns out.

God bless,

Fr. Phil Bloom

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