USA: Two More Dioceses Return To Kneeling

The bishops of Stockton and Oakland, California, are requiring the faithful to kneel after the "Lamb of God" (Agnus Dei), beginning today. This is still common in most Eucharists in the United States.

The Bishop of Stockton, Monsignor Myron Cotta, wrote that "with this change we will have the same practice as most of our surrounding dioceses".

Kneeling after the Agnus Dei was abolished in his diocese in the early 2000s, but this caused "confusion" when his faithful attended Eucharists in other dioceses in the same region.

Cotta explained that kneeling was a better posture of adoration before the Holy Eucharist.

The Bishop of Oakland, Monsignor Michael Barber, wrote in his diocesan magazine that "kneeling is a sign of reverence, prayer and faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist".

He quoted St Paul, who wrote that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow: "We will follow this."