From a reader…
Has the rubric requiring priests to genuflect after showing the Eucharistic Species to the people been altered? Did someone get an indult or something so that bowing is now legitimate? I wonder because at our local parish the priests I have seen celebrating Mass are now bowing, one of them very profoundly (he is not old nor infirm).
What is going on? Is this widespread now? (Haven’t been to N.O. Mass elsewhere in quite a while.
No, the rubrics have not changed. In the Novus Ordo, after the elevation the priest is to genuflect, not bow.
We are in the Latin Church, not one of the Eastern Churches.
Of course, if the priest has a bum knee or some other problem, and genuflecting isn’t possible, that’s another matter. But that’s not the case for most priests.
It seems to me that this mania of standing, rather than kneeling or genuflecting, when in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament boils down to plain old willful pride.