From a priest reader I received a couple liturgical questions. Here is one of his comments:
It does not make sense to me—and it makes even less sense to servers and others—to say we genuflect before and after the Mass, but not during, except at the entrance and exit. The servers especially don’t get it; thus they continue bowing outside of Mass. One practical solution might be to teach the servers to genuflect every time they cross before the tabernacle, but I can’t square that with the GIRM.
Some people might not realize that the GIRM indicates that those who are in the sanctuary are to genuflect at the beginning and end of Mass, but not during Mass, even when they pass before the Blessed Sacrament. The priest also genuflects at the consecration, according to the rubrics, but NOT when, for example, incensing the altar or crossing the sanctuary to the ambo, etc., even if the tabernacle is at the center and he passes before it. You are supposed to bow instead of genuflect.
I think that doing the red and saying the black is the best approach.
This is one of those points of the GIRM which I do not in the least mind seeing broken.
It makes no sense to me at all to ignore the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle during Holy Mass.
I know that all the liturgists want us to focus on the altar, blah blah blah.
Yes, the altar is important. But the altar is not God.
If a server or priest were to come to me with the confession that he genuflected to the Blessed Sacrament during Mass, I think I would give him a very mild penance and absolve him… even if he said he had every intention of doing it again… and with others.