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Gestus reverentiae

11. Quidem gestus reverentiae ponendi sive ex parte celebrantis sive ex parte fidelium, in desuetudinem aliquo modo venerunt, uti, verbi gratia, inclinatio corporis profunda, facienda loco genuflexionis antea adhibitae ad verba quae Mysterium Incarnationis in professione fidei annunciant. Suntne gestus isti adhuc servandi?

Resp.
Patet quod homo fidem suam necnon devotionem et reverentiam non tantum verbis sed etiam gestibus et habitu corporis exprimere debet. Hoc autem maiore cura fieri oportet, cum gestus qui post restaurationem liturgicam praescribuntur, minus frequenter et simpliciores indicentur.

Ita OM et IGMR nonnulla momenta assignat, in quibus gestus verba comitari debeant. Sufficit recolere n. 234 IGMR huiusmodi casus diversos agnoscendos:

Inclinatio capitis fit cum Divinae Personae simul nominantur, ad nomen Iesu, Beatae Mariae Virginis et Sancti, in cuius honorem Missa celebratur.

Inclinatio corporis seu profunda fit ad altare, si tabernaculum cum SS.mo Sacramento non adsit; ad orationes Munda cor meum, In spiritu humilitatis, Supplices te rogamus; ad verba Et incarnatus est ... homo factus est in professione fidei. Hoc in casu etiam rubrica Ordinis Missae n. 15 habet: Omnes se inclinat.

Meminisse iuvabit, quod in Nativitate Domini, tum ad Missam in Vigilia, tum ad Missam in nocte, in aurora, in die, ad verba Et incarnatus est genuflecitur (cfr. MR, pp. 153, 155, 156, 157); similiter ad Missam in Annuntiatione Domini (cfr. MR, p. 538).

Pro consecratione panis et vini, in eodem n. 234 praescribitur: « Sacerdos parum se inclinat cum, in consecratione, verba Domini profert » (IMGR 234b). Insuper ipse genuflecit post ostensionem hostiae, post ostensionem calicis (IMGR 233); genuflexus adorat (OM 91-92, 104-105, 111-112, 120-121).

Ad concelebrantes quod attinet, ipsi stant ad elevationem hostiae et calicis, ea aspicientes, ac postea profunde se inclinantes (IMGR 174c, 180c, 184c, 188c).

Similter ante communionem, gestus revenatiae et fidei ponitur sive ex parte celebrantis sive ex parte fidelium, qui Eucharistiam accipiunt. Ita pro celebrante IGMR 115 et OM 133 dicunt: ... sacerdos genuflecit, accipit hostiam etc.; similiter pro concelebrantibus a Missali statuitur: Concelebrantes ... genuflectunt et Corpus Christi reverenter ex altari accipiunt (IGMR 197). Ad fideles vero quod attinet, quando Eucharistiam stantes accipiunt, aliquod signum reverentiae facere debent (IGMR 244c, 245b, 246b, 247b).

Reverential gestures

11. Certain reverential gestures have to some degree fallen into disuse, both on the part of the celebrant and on the part of the faithful, as, for example, the profound bow of the body, made in place of the genuflection that was formerly made at the words in the profession of faith which proclaim the Mystery of the Incarnation. Are such gestures still to be observed?

Resp.
It is clear that man has to express his faith and devotion and reverence not only by words but also by gestures and posture. But this must be done with great care, since the gestures which are prescribed after the liturgical restoration are less frequently specified and more simple.

Thus the OM and the IGMR designate certain instances in which gestures should accompany words. It is sufficient to recall n. 234 of the IGMR which deals with various such situations:

A bow of the head is made when the Divine Persons are named together, at the name of Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of the Saint in whose honor the Mass is being celebrated.

A bow of the body that is a profound bow is made to the altar if the tabernacle with the Most Blessed Sacrament is not present; at the prayers Munda cor meum, In spiritu humilitatis, Supplices te rogamus; at the words Et incarnatus est ... homo factus est in the profession of faith. In this case, even the rubric of the Order of Mass n. 15 has: All bow.

It will help to recall that on the Nativity of the Lord, both at the Vigil Mass and at the Mass in the night, at dawn, and during the day, at the words Et incarnatus est a genuflection is made (cfr. MR, pp. 153, 155, 156, 157); likewise for Masss on the Annunciation of the Lord (cfr. MR, p. 538).

For the consecration of the bread and the wine, in the same n. 234 it is prescribed: « The priest bows slightly as, at the consecration, he says the words of the Lord » (IMGR 234b). Moreover, he genuflects after showing the host, after showing the chalice (IMGR 233); he adores with a genuflection (OM 91-92, 104-105, 111-112, 120-121).

With regard to concelebrants, they stand at the elevation of the host and chalice, gazing at them, and then bow profoundly (IMGR 174c, 180c, 184c, 188c).

Likewise, before communion, gestures of reverence and faith are specified both on the part of of the celebrant and on the part of the faithful who receive the Eucharist. Thus, for the celebrant, IGMR 115 and OM 133 say: ... the priest genuflects, takes the host etc.; likewise for concelebrants it is established by the Missal: The concelebrants ... genuflect and reverently take the Body of Christ from the altar (IGMR 197). But with regard to the faithful, when they receive the Eucharist standing, they should make some sign of reverence (IGMR 244c, 245b, 246b, 247b).

Notitiae 14 (1978), 535–536, n. 11gestures, posturePDF of Notitiae 14 (1978), 535–536