Postures during the eucharistic prayer

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  I was sharing your recent post with someone and they had a different opinion on the matter.  They state….

“The GIRM explicitly states in paragraph 43 “The faithful should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by ill health, or for reasons of lack of space … the faithful should follow the instructions which the Deacon, a lay minister, or the Priest gives, according to what is laid down in the Missal.”

Is this subject to interpretation or perhaps a different point being made here.

Thank You for your help and taking the time to help us better understand the liturgy.


A:  What you quote is how the GIRM reads in the USA. Paragraph 43 is one of those paragraphs that gets tweaked from one episcopal conference to the next around the world – all with permission of the Vatican. The original Latin is different from what the US bishops have decided concerning postures during the eucharistic prayer. Canada, for example, recently decided to adopt what the original Latin says, so people there kneel a little before the consecration and stand with the memorial acclamation. The same holds true for most of Latin America.