To kneel or not to kneel.Kneeling at the wrong time during Mass is a mortal sin, according to a Huntington Beach, California Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in southern California. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 189,594. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, by Seal Beach on the north, by Costa Mesa on the south, by Westminster on the northeast, and by priest.
Father Martin Tran, pastor of St. Mary's by the Sea St. Mary's by the Sea is a residential walkway along the Long Island sound in Bridgeport, Connecticut's Black Rock neighborhood. There are plenty of things for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy at Saint Mary’s by the Sea. , instructed his parishioners not to kneel after the Lamb of God Lamb of God: see Agnus Dei. at Mass, but a third of the congregation continues to kneel anyway. The kneelers say their act is not of rebellion but of adoration and tradition.
Four years ago the Vatican revised its instruction to say, "The faithful kneel ... unless the Diocesan Bishop determines otherwise." Bishop Tod D. Brown of the Diocese of Orange County, California Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. Its county seat is Santa Ana. According to the 2000 Census, its population was 2,846,289, making it the second most populous county in the state of California, and the fifth most populous in the United States. decided to institute standing after the Lamb of God because it was the common practice in the early church and reflects human dignity as well as reverence. "We are made in the image and likeness of God," Lesa J Truxaw, the diocesan director of worship, told the Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times
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As a cardinal in 2000, Pope Benedict XVI wrote in The Spirit of the Liturgy that kneeling "comes from the Bible and the knowledge of God."
The debate is also affecting at least a dozen other parishes.