A symbol of reverence and worship. Catholics bow their heads especially at the Holy Name of Jesus, and also at the prayer “Gloria Patri” (Glory be to the Father, etc.). During the Mass, when the creed is said, they genuflect, but do not bow, at the words “et incarnatus est” (and He was incarnate). For church ceremonies three classes of bows are specified

  • profound
  • moderate
  • slight

MLA Citation

  • “bowing”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2010. Web. 20 September 2021. <>