A brief guide for those unfamiliar with the many postures of the Mass.
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In reality, these postures are all designed purposefully and have great symbolism. Once this is explained to an individual, the Mass makes much more sense and a visitor can easily join in without standing out from the crowd.
Below is a brief slideshow highlighting the main parts of the Mass and the postures of the congregation associated with them.
*Author’s note: For the purposes of this article I am using the General Instruction of the Roman Missal for the United States. Postures can vary by region and are not always universally practiced.
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