During Mass, as the occasion warrants, Catholic priests/deacons (not the lay faithful) are required to:
Bow before the tabernacle the first time they cross it.
Kiss and incense the altar and the Gospel book during mass.
Incense the Cross and the tabernacle
Every Catholic as a sign of belief and respect has to bow before the alter, genuflect before the ...
Theological & Dogmatic reference:(Summary)
Lumen Gentium 66
Archangel Greetings bowing to Mary's Divine Motherhood. (Luke1:28)
4.The 4th Dogma of the Assumption
Other testimonies & revelation;
i. Pre-Assumption Apparition, Ven. Mary of Agreda refer to Mary as "Queen of
ii. St.James ...
Are Roman Catholics required at any time to bow down or make obeisance to or kiss statues, images, icons, etc. (i.e., inanimate objects)?
The short answer is no.
Basically, it is an act of personal interior pious devotion.
However this ”no” needs a little more clarity to be understood. Even amongst Catholics there is a great amount of ignorance about this ...
In one passage, we have the answer to the whole thing:
1 Chronicles 29:20 (DRB)
And David commanded all the assembly: Bless ye the Lord our God. And all the assembly blessed the Lord the God of their fathers: and they bowed themselves and worshipped God, and then the king.
In this culture and language, worship means a general service or demonstration of ...
Unless one is familiar with the Catholic religion, one will find it odd, if not downright sacriligious, to bow down to bread and wine (inanimate objects per the OP).
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1378:
1378 Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of ...
Why do Greek Orthodox venerate icons and Roman Catholic statues?
This question is quite nicely phrased on a couple points of view. Before going on let me mention that the Eastern Orthodox Church generally venerate icons. But in the West, Roman Catholics tend to venerate statues. I would like to point out that Eastern Rite Catholics do as the Eastern ...
What are the origins of the Our Lady of Grace statues?
Our Lady of Cambray (Statue) also known as Our Lady of Grace is commemorated on July 5. This is the origin of the style of statue the question is asking for:
In the year 1472, the statue in the shrine of Our Lady of Cambrai was dedicated by Peter de Ranchicourt, the Bishop of Arras. The statue at the ...