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Offline Elliott

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kneeling for a blessing
« on: January 04, 2013, 04:47:39 AM »
Why do we kneel when a priest blesses us? I just copy those around me because I'm still ignorant on some trad things.
 

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Re: kneeling for a blessing
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013, 09:26:46 AM »
My guess as a sign of submission to someone in spiritual authority over us.

I bet HK would know.
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Re: kneeling for a blessing
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2013, 05:00:02 AM »
My guess as a sign of submission to someone in spiritual authority over us.

I bet HK would know.

Ha. Umm.... well, in Biblical Hebrew, so I've read, the word for "bless" is barak, which also literally means "kneel". Blessing and kneeling were very strongly associated with one another: http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/12_blessing.html


One reason we should kneel for a blessing is because the priest is doing a very real thing, calling on God's grace in a special way upon the individual. Kneeling is a recognition of God's special presence in that act.
 

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Re: kneeling for a blessing
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2013, 12:38:59 PM »
Thanks for the answers. I feel better knowing why I do something.