Where do you bow in a Catholic church?
Catholics in the U.S. are asked to bow reverently from the waist, either when it’s your turn to receive or just before. When the minister of holy Communion says, “The body of Christ” or “The blood of Christ,” respond, “Amen.”
What is the etymology of genuflect?
Genuflect is derived from the Late Latin genuflectere, formed from the noun genu (“knee”) and the verb flectere (“to bend”). Flectere appears in a number of our more common verbs, such as reflect (“to bend or throw back,” as light) and deflect (“to turn aside”).
Do you bow before receiving Communion?
When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. The consecrated Host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand at the discretion of each communicant.
Which hand receives Communion?
If you are receiving the Host in your hand, extend both hands palms up toward the Priest/Eucharistic Minister, placing one hand directly on top of the other hand. If you are right handed, the right hand goes on the bottom so you can receive the Host in your left hand and then pick it up with your right hand.