A brief guide for those unfamiliar with the many postures of the Mass.
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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