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Kneeling While Praying the Rosary...

by Anonymous

When I pray the Rosary, there are many times when I don't kneel. Is it okay to pray the Rosary without kneeling? If kneeling is an act of resignation, would it be the same if I only bowed my head while praying it?

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Kneeling Is An Outward Sign Of Reverance
by: The Rosary Team

The Catholic Encyclopedia in the section on Postures in Prayer says...

"prostration, kneeling, genuflection, and such gestures as striking the breast are all outward signs of the reverence proper for prayer..."

During the Rosary kneeling would serve as a sign of reverence and should be encouraged but it is not a mandatory posture for the Rosary. Prayers during Mass on the other hand do have mandatory postures such as kneeling during the Canon or the Eucharistic Prayer.

Besides being a sign of reverence, kneeling helps the mind stay free from distraction during prayer. It helps you stay focused and keeps you from feeling drowsy and lazy.

To answer your question, it is okay to pray the Rosary without kneeling, but if you are burdened by distractions or feeling lazy, kneeling may resolve some of these problems.

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Okay, thanks.
by: Anonymous

This answer is very helpful. Thanks for the answer.

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