I was reprimanded today for kneeling at the altar during consecration and told there is an insult in the US church against this -I can find no documents that lead me to believe this is true. Any insight you can offer would be great!
Insult? That’s one of the dumbest…. No, wait… perhaps you meant “indult”? That is to say, in the USA there is a special rule that deacons don’t kneel during the consecration?
From the General Instruction of the Roman Missal with the USA adaptations:
179. During the Eucharistic Prayer, the deacon stands near the priest but slightly behind him, so that when needed he may assist the priest with the chalice or the Missal.
From the epiclesis until the priest shows the chalice, the deacon normally remains kneeling.
If several deacons are present, one of them may place incense in the thurible for the consecration and incense the host and the chalice as they are shown to the people.
Moreover, here is a view of the deacons for the Holy Father’s last public Mass for Ash Wednesday… during the consecration.
That takes care of that.