Bowing after receiving Holy Communion

Recently at St. John of God Catholic Church, Amrahia, a Catholic Priest in his teaching drew attention to the fact that it is not required for a communicant to bow after receiving Holy Communion. He stated that we are not required to move to the other side after receiving communion and bow. “When you receive communion, the one you are supposed to bow to is in your hands,” he said.


The priest goes back without bowing because the one he is supposed to bow to is in his hands.

Bowing is an important act in the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. Why should Catholics bow? Their reason is to allow the member to engage his whole being in acknowledging the presence of God and to honor Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Most of the things we learn at catechism are to reflect in our everyday lives especially at Holy Mass. Studies have proven that most Catholics do not know when and why they should inculcate the habit of bowing.

There are two types of bows: a bow of the head and a bow of the body also known as a profound bow During the Creed, After the consecration (if you are not kneeling), Before receiving the Holy Eucharist or Communion, during a solemn blessing at the end of Mass, when hearing the name of God or specific saints.

Theresa Kpordzo

DEPSOCOM Accra

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