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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
ONE'S POSITION AFTER HOLY COMMUNION,
KNEELING, SITTING OR STANDING.

Q. 1. What is the proper position to take after receiving Holy Communion? Should one stand, sit or kneel?

A. 1. In September, 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop approved the following instructions:

STAND - From the beginning of Mass until the First Reading.

SIT - From the first Reading until the Gospel Acclamation.

STAND - From the Gospel Acclamation until the end of the Gospel.

SIT - During the Homily.

STAND - From the Profession of Faith until the end of the General Intercessions.

SIT - From the Preparation of the Gifts to the completion of Pray brethren.

STAND - From the beginning of the peoples' response May the Lordů to the beginning of the Holy, Holy.

KNEEL - From the completion of the Holy, Holy until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer.

STAND - From the beginning of the Our Father until the completion of the Lamb of God.

KNEEL - From the completion of the Lamb of God (at the Behold the Lamb of Godů) until the Distribution of Holy Communion.

STAND - When Receiving Holy Communion.

SIT OR KNEEL - During the sacred silence after the Distribution of Holy Communion.

STAND From the beginning of the Prayer after Communion until the end of Mass.



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