Kneeling In The Age Of Mercy

Kneeling?! Who do you think you are, a Catholic?!




There are many things that anger me in a typical Novus Ordo church: the sanctuary resembling the village's main square, the holy water in minimal quantities and at times well-hidden, or the (rare in England, in my experience) tabernacle away from the main altar.

But one thing that angers me especially is… when there is no place for kneeling in front of the Blessed Virgin. I do not mean that you have to kneel on the stone pavement (a very small but very welcome penance, this one). No, I mean when there is literally no place, and you would be kneeling in the middle of a corridor.

Whenever this happens I detect the pungent smell of the faithless, half-protestantised, Sixty-Eighter “innovator”. You know the type, because one of them is Pope.

The message is clear: firstly, kneeling is very much passé. You can sit comfortably in the pew instead of undergoing this minimal motion indicating a mere modicum of humility, and God who loves you so much because you are so cool would never want you to do something like that. Secondly, it is clear FrancisPriest not only does not want you to kneel in general, but he does not want you to kneel in front of the Blessed Virgin in particular. Hey, some passing Proddie might be offended! We don't want to perpetuate these old customs, do we now? No, you are probably supposed to have a chat with the Blessed Virgin on a “You are very ok, I am ok too” basis. God forbid, you should feel that you are a wretched sinner unworthy of even kneeling. We don't do that anymore in the age of mercy.

One of the signs that sanity is coming back will be the reappearance of proper kneeling facilities in front of the statues of the Blessed Virgin. Alas, we will have of get rid of a lot of insane priests first.



Posted on September 22, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. What saddens me greatly is our Virgin rendered as an androgynous, sometimes even manly, personage. It is repellent. The Nuchurch iconoclasts imposing their wretched and aesthetically impoverished vision on Catholics for two score and ten years now.

    • I can recall no examples of what you say now, but I do not doubt a lot of nuChurch “artists” have “embellished” our churches with such things. Perhaps it’s a US thing?

  2. I think that part of the problem with kneeling for the older population who make up most of the congregation is some parishes is that they have hip and knee problems which are age-related and they have not yet received their replacement parts. Adding to the kneeling problem is obesity when there is not enough room between the pew in front and the sixtyeighter’s tum tum.

    • No, it’s not a problem of old population. Old people have always been old. it’s that there is no possibility to kneel. As in: this is a statue of Mary, and there’s nowhere to kneel in front of it, and it is in the middle of a corridor so you can’t kneel on the ground, either.

  3. Yes, in my home parish church. Beautiful though white washed statute of Our Lady yet chairs are in the way. ( we got rid of the pews replaced them with cushioned chairs)

  4. Great excitement in my N.O. parish in N. Ontario, Canada; altar rails installed So beautiful. About a month ago, our priest started praying FOR Francis, not with him- that he might have wisdom and faith to preach and uphold the one true faith. As well, a few parishioners started a new magazine to combat error (CRITICAL of Francis), called Faithful Insight. The devil wants us to be discouraged, but the darker it gets the closer Our Lady is to us. Yes we NEED to love and honour her, we can offer our sadness at these insults to her for her glorious victory to come soon. I see signs of her power and it heartens me. Pray for holy lay people to encourage good priests and to stand against error.

  5. Yes, that is true. Most US Catholic Churches used to have a St. Joseph Altar and a Blessed Mother Altar on opposite sides of the Main Altar, and one could kneel at the altar railing in front of their Statues..

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