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Movement in worship

Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission continues a series of articles looking at some areas of our Eucharistic celebration.

In the previous two articles (November 15 and 22 issues), I have looked at processions in the celebration of the Eucharist but there are other times in the Mass that we use our bodies, our whole being in worship of God.

In the Scriptures, there are many examples of use of the body in prayer. For a very limited example from the Old Testament, “Let us bow and bend low; let us kneel before the God who made us” (Ps 95);  “the people stood…. bowed down…. prostrated before the Word” (Neh 8:5–6 ). And from the New Testament – “lift up their hands in prayer” (1 Tim 2:8); Jesus “raised his eyes to heaven” and prayed (Jn 10:41).

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