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Do I bow or genuflect in front of a closed tabernacle that is located behind an altar?

A Xt3 Member asked at 1:12am on November 5th 2017
Hi,

I am learning to become a sacristan. One question I have - Do I bow or genuflect in front of a closed tabernacle that is located behind an altar? Does it matter if I have a candle lighter or another type of religious/sacred object in my hand(s)?

Thank you very much.

Hidalgo

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Hi Hidalgo,

The work of a sacristan typically involves many trips to and from the altar, so I would be inclined to suggest that you bow every time you pass that tabernacle (obviously only if the Blessed Sacrament is kept there). And I can't see that it matters whether you have something in your hand-what you're doing is showing Jesus that you're aware He's present there and that you deeply respect that.

Very best wishes for your progress on your way to becoming a sacristan-people watching you go about your work will have their faith deepened by seeing your own faith in action!

Very best, Fr Brendan
Xt3's Ask a Priest answered at 8:51am on November 27th 2017 reply
 

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