To kneel or stand, that was the question for 21st-century massgoers

Learned explanation . . . from a learned man . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Put to us in 2002 by a prominent churchman:

There are groups, of no small influence, who are trying to talk us out of kneeling.“It doesn’t suit our culture”, they say (which culture?) “It’s not right for a grown man to do this — he should face God on his feet”. Or again: “It’s not appropriate for redeemed man — he has been set free by Christ and doesn’t need to kneel any more”.


If we look at history, we can see that the Greeks and Romans rejected kneeling. In view of the squabbling, partisan deities described in mythology, this attitude was thoroughly justified.

It was only too obvious that these gods were not God, even if you were dependent on their capricious power and had to make sure that, whenever possible, you enjoyed their favor.

And so they said that kneeling was unworthy of a free man…

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