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"Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us." (Ps. 95:6)

"In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (St. Paul, Phil. 2:10)

"All who sleep in the earth will bow low before God; All who have gone down into the dust will kneel in homage." (Ps. 22:30)

"I bend my knee to the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, from whom all paternity in heaven and on earth is named" (St. Paul, Eph. 3:14).

"All the nations you have made shall come to bow before you, Lord, and give honor to your name." (Ps. 86:9)

"Exalt the LORD, our God; bow down before his footstool; holy is God!" (Ps. 99:5)

"Exalt the LORD, our God; bow down before his holy mountain; holy is the LORD, our God." (Ps. 99:9)

"Give to the LORD the glory due God's name. Bow down before the LORD'S holy splendor!" (Ps. 29:2)

"Serve the LORD with fear; with trembling bow down in homage, Lest God be angry and you perish from the way in a sudden blaze of anger. Happy are all who take refuge in God!" (Ps. 2:11)

"To me every knee shall bend" (Isa. 45:23)  

"It is, therefore, the keen desire of the Church that all of the faithful kneel at the feet of the Redeemer to tell Him how much they venerate and love Him." (Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei)

"A faith or a liturgy no longer familiar with kneeling would be sick at the core." (Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI)

"Throughout Scripture, lay people, prophets, and saints have prostrated themselves or bowed down before God. Moses, Aaron, Abraham, and Joshua are but a few of those who are shown to prostrate themselves in the Bible. In the New Testament, the magi prostrate in front of the infant Jesus, as does the man tormented by unclean spirits, and as do the apostles at the Transfiguration of Jesus. In Revelation, the heavenly beings also prostrate... Jesus himself prostrates in prayer before his Father. If you would bend your knee for an earthly king or queen, how much more should you show reverence towards your Lord and Creator!" (Flier: "Our Responsibilities in God's House")

["He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe in (the Son of God)? And Jesus said to him, You have both seen him, and it is he that talks with you. And he said, Lord, I believe. And falling down, he worshipped him." (Jn. 9:36-38)] An example to us, not to pray to God with uplifted neck, but prostrate upon earth, suppliantly to implore His mercy." (St. Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church)

"['The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican.' (Lk. 18:11)] It is said 'standing,' to denote his haughty temper. For his very posture betokens his extreme pride." (St. Theophylact)

"Just as prayer is primarily in the mind, and secondarily expressed in words...so too adoration consists chiefly in an interior reverence of God, but secondarily in certain bodily signs of humility; thus when we genuflect we signify our weakness in comparison with God, and when we prostrate ourselves we profess that we are nothing of ourselves." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"But as when the Body of our Lord lay in the sepulcher, Angels are said to have stood by, so also at the time of consecration are they to be believed to stand by the mysteries of Christ. Let us then after the example of the devout women, whenever we approach the heavenly mysteries because of the presence of the Angels, or from reverence to the Sacred Offering, with all humility, bow our faces to the earth, recollecting that we are but dust and ashes." (St. Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church)

"As Damascene says (De Fide Orthodoxa iv,12), since we are composed of a twofold nature, intellectual and sensible, we offer God a twofold adoration; namely, a spiritual adoration, consisting in the internal devotion of the mind; and a bodily adoration, which consists in an exterior humbling of the body. And since in all acts of latria that which is without is referred to that which is within as being of greater import, it follows that exterior adoration is offered on account of interior adoration, in other words we exhibit signs of humility in our bodies in order to incite our affections to submit to God, since it is connatural to us to proceed from the sensible to the intelligible." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"But what means His bending of knees? of which it is said, And he kneeled down, and prayed. It is the way of men to pray to their superiors with their faces on the ground, testifying by the action that the greater of the two are those who are asked. Now it is plain that human nature contains nothing worthy of God's imitation. Accordingly the tokens of respect which we evince to one another, confessing ourselves to be inferior to our neighbors, we have transferred to the humiliation of the Incomparable Nature. And thus He who bore our sicknesses and interceded for us, bent His knee in prayer, by reason of the man which He assumed, giving us an example, that we ought not to exalt ourselves at the time of prayer, but in all things be conformed to humility; for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

"Nevertheless Christ did work some miracles on the soul of man, principally by changing its lower powers. Hence [St.] Jerome, commenting on Matthew 9:9, 'He rose up and followed Him,' says: 'Such was the splendor and majesty of His hidden Godhead, which shone forth even in His human countenance, that those who gazed on it were drawn to Him at first sight.' And on Matthew 21:12, '(Jesus) cast out all them that sold and bought,' the same Jerome says: 'Of all the signs worked by our Lord, this seems to me the most wondrous - that one man, at that time despised, could, with the blows of one scourge, cast out such a multitude. For a fiery and heavenly light flashed from His eyes, and the majesty of His Godhead shone in His countenance.' And Origen says on John 2:15 that 'this was a greater miracle than when He changed water into wine, for there He shows His power over inanimate matter, whereas here He tames the minds of thousands of men.' Again, on John 18:6, 'They went backward and fell to the ground,' [St.] Augustine says: 'Though that crowd was fierce in hate and terrible with arms, yet did that one word ... without any weapon, smite them through, drive them back, lay them prostrate: for God lay hidden in that flesh.'" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"Standing may be for reverence, but kneeling is for worship."

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