Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Ruled by Rules
You are correct! We are supposed to genuflect on the words "We Adore you, O Christ".
Perhaps the people you were doing the Stations with didn't really know the customs and didn't really know when to genuflect and were just trying to follow along.
That is, after all, one of the main comments from people who aren't Catholic, or are newly Catholic. They just can't get over all the up and down and down and up, sitting, standing, kneeling, standing again, kneeling again and so on. Better just to follow along.
Here's another rule for the Stations of the Cross: you are supposed to be meditating on the Passion of Christ. You don't have to meditate even on each individual station at all. You can. It's up to you. You can just meditate on the whole event in general.
There are fourteen stations, each, as Mel Gibson so graphically showed us, with plenty of horror and pain to mull over, not to mention that Jesus is doing all of this for us, for me individually. That is a lot to take in.
We're not meditating on when we're supposed to genuflect, is my point, or if everyone but me is doing it wrong. Ironically, you're complaining that people get with the program, while you're not with the program.
That's like being at your daughter's wedding and stewing the whole time about the hemline of her wedding dress being uneven. It's like taking that Carnival Cruise you've been saving for for years and spending the whole time clocking who was late for dinner. It's like receiving the Stigmata and obsessing over whether to wear cloth gloves or leather.
There are only four rules to the Stations:
1. They must be properly erected.
2. There fourteen stations.
3. You have to walk from Station to Station.
4. You meditate on the Passion.
It is customary to genuflect on the word "Adore", as you said. But it's just a hemline.