Reverence for the altar

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Is it a requirement that liturgical ministers, I.e. Lector, cantor, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion bow as they approach and leave the altar area?  Since the tabernacle is not present in the worship space we are directed to bow when we enter and leave the space but I am not aware of additional directives regarding bowing.

A:  It’s found in the Ceremonial of Bishops 72.

  • “A deep bow is made to the altar by all who enter the sanctuary (chancel), leave it, or pass before the altar”