Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | January 21, 2008

Theology of Kneeling II

I have tackled the position of adoration vs. reverence here:

You can kind of consider that TOK I, however in this topic, I’d like to approach two of the counter arguments against kneeling.

1. It doesn’t suit our culture.
2. It is not right for redeemed man to kneel to God.

1. It doesn’t suit our culture.

The first question that this brings to mind for myself is what culture? Are we talking modern culture?, are we talking ancient culture? a Christian culture?

If we’re talking about ancient culture, this would be absolutely correct. As the ancient Greeks and Romans DID NOT kneel to anyone at all. Why is this? well, for one their gods were false gods and not the God. The posture was viewed as submission, (again anytime the word submission is used, there usually exists a negative connotation to it). If were talking about our culture, of course it’s true that kneeling doesn’t fit our culture, it’s because we have exalted ourselves to be God, and tend to think that we can do things for ourselves. Precisely because we think that we’re the know it alls, of course we shouldn’t kneel, we’re just as good as God, at least that’s what modernists want you to think. The biggest mistake of Vatican II (I am not calling the Council invalid, as it is totally valid, and we are subject to its true intentions, which is exactly what Pope Benedict is doing now, Deo Gratias) was these words. “It is up to the local Bishop to decide.” My reason for that statement is see how far to the left things have gone. The Bishop should have say in majority of Liturgical Manners, but not the rubrics, which call for us to KNEEL after the Agnus Dei. The Modern culture is one where relativism reigns, and a lack of acknowledgement for the Truth exists. Since humility does not exist, you won’t see kneeling by anyone. Sigh.

2. It is not right for redeemed man to kneel to God.

In the Heavens and on the Earth, at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow. You recognize this verse from the 2ND Chapter of Philippians, That is only at the name of Jesus, how much more should be be kneeling when he is physically present to us? I say a lot more. If it is not right for redeemed man to kneel to Jesus, then the Apostles’ were wrong for kneeling in front of Jesus after he saved St. Peter from falling into the water. (Matt 14, 33). In that case, Oswald Milser who was an arrogant man during the 12Th century was right in not kneeling to the Lord. (Well, the Lord made that happen, through a Eucharistic Miracle). You can agree with me that these are redeemed men, but they knelt anyway. hmmmmm, makes you wonder!

Kneeling is an act of adoration as well as humility. As the then Cardinal Ratzinger puts in his book Spirit of the Liturgy “We now kneel before that humility. The kneeling of Christians is not a form of inculturation into existing customs. It is quite the opposite, an expression of Christian culture, which transforms the existing culture through a new and deeper knowledge and experience of God.”

As a matter of fact θ ε ιs τ α γ o ν α τ α does not exist in classical Greek. St. Luke used this term to describe the kneeling of the Christians. Which means kneeling is a totally Christian nature, and our culture a Christian Culture. Do not let anyone tell you that kneeling is not apart of our culture as it is. Totally Christian, Totally Catholic….Kneeling needs to be rediscovered. Let us start at the Agnus Dei. KNEEL!. No, you are not committing a mortal sin by kneeling at the Agnus Dei. God is truly present before us, and because of that we should kneel before Him. Nor are you by kneeling to receive Communion. Pope Benedict has been on record as saying we should be kneeling to receive Communion. As well as the Bishop of Kazakhstan (I can’t spell Russian names for my life, even though I can somewhat speak the language).

We come before our God, let us kneel in adoration! Let us kneel in humility! Let us kneel because that is our culture! Amen!


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