(the bending of the knee) is a natural sign of adoration or reverence. It is frequently used in the Ritual of the Church. Thus the faithful genuflect in passing before the tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved; the priest repeatedly genuflects at Mask in adoration of the Blessed Eucharist, at the mention of the Incarnation in the Creed. Genuflection is also made as a sign of profound respect before a bishop on certain occasions. A double genuflection i.e. one on both knees is made on entering or leaving a church where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “genuflection”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 8 March 2021. <>