|Kneeling during our Nuptial Mass|
...In the Diocese of the United States of America, they should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, lack of space, the large number of people present or some other good reason. Those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the consecration. The faithful kneel after the Agnus Dei unless the diocesan Bishop determines otherwise. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, number 43)If Catholics are supposed to kneel during Mass, why are churches built without kneelers? It seems that most churches without kneelers (at least the ones I've been to) have been built in the past ten years or so. Is this an outright act of defiance against the Church? It seems like it can't be a simple oversight. I remember a church near my old home in Colorado had constantly been warned by the Archbishop to install kneelers, and it repeatedly stalled (I do not know if it ever did comply). Of course, kneelers are not necessary for people to kneel during Mass, but I've never been to a Church without them where people do kneel.
In reality, I know that this is a small matter. The congregation was overall very respectful and reverent during Mass. However, if individual parishes are able to defy some of the Church's commands and teachings, who is to say where this disobedience will end?
As for me and my husband, we will try a different church next week. I dislike "shopping for a church" since the Catholic Church is (or should be) One in all things, but our desire to kneel before the Lord requires us to go elsewhere.
Where do you weigh in on this topic? Do you believe that kneeling during Mass is important to our Catholic identity? Can we show proper reverence for the Eucharist without kneeling during consecration?