What does it mean when someone genuflect?
intransitive verb. 1a : to bend the knee. b : to touch the knee to the floor or ground especially in worship genuflected before the altar. 2 : to be humbly obedient or respectful bureaucrats who genuflect before the governor.
How do you genuflect before entering pew?
Touch your knee to the floor in reverence. Genuflect toward the tabernacle when you first enter the Church/your pew and when you leave. If it’s too hard physically, try to express reverence in some other way.
What knee Do Catholics genuflect?
In Western culture, one genuflects on the left knee to a human dignitary, whether ecclesiastical or civil, while, in Christian churches and chapels, one genuflects on the right knee when the Sacrament is not exposed but in a tabernacle or veiled (conversely, one kneels with both knees if the Sacrament is exposed).
How do you cross yourself?
To “cross yourself,” take your right hand and put your thumb, index, and middle finger together. In Western Christianity, you then touch your forehead, the center of your chest, your left shoulder, and your right shoulder. In Eastern (Orthodox) churches, you touch your right shoulder before your left shoulder.