Genuflection - Preliminary two-step-back is our style. But watch Muslim during Id
- Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At the commencement of a Good Friday Service, all of us try to maintain a fairly well-spaced-straight-line discipline to enable genuflection. As the service progresses, one finds the congregation swelling. This happens year after year.
After the first procession there is a kind of 'musical chairs' attitude in the congregation, on display. The late comers rush in to stand in vantage positions / directly beneath fans and so on, which the early birds had initially occupied. Yet, even so, at times, the line discipline is still maintained. The spacing between lines would obviously now be less. But it would be sufficient enough, just to genuflect.
The sets of readings and singing sequences that follow and require genuflection are prescribed in a reverential pattern, as handed down by our naissance Fathers. It is at such a time that some fellow Church Members exhibit a behavioural pattern that cannot be quiet understood. Micro-moments before genuflection they take a couple of steps in the backward direction. This action is taken irrespective of the space available for the person standing behind to genuflect or his current status while genuflecting. In the process there are unpleasant but unknowing bumping of the head of the person genuflecting behind with the maximus gluteus of the person in front who has taken one's self-taught mandatory two steps backwards. This sometimes also results in loss of balance of one or both individuals. Such awkward situations are certainly avoidable if every one is disciplined and considerate not to inconvenience the person behind.
In the absence of such sense, would it be inappropriate to request one of the Bishops to educate Church Members on how to genuflect.
Compare the numbers in any of our Churches to the mass of Muslim pilgrims at Mecca during festivals such as Id. One can see the straight line discipline they maintain for genuflection despite their large numbers. None of them follow the two-step-backwards method for genuflecting.