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Is Kneeling a “Construct of Feudal Relations” from the Byzantine Court?


Writing in the local diocesan paper, a parish priest took issue with Vatican over the preference for kneeling at Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer. He cited the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, Tertullian, St. Basil, and St. Hilary of Portiers to argue that kneeling was a construct of feudal relations coming directly from Byzantine court protocols. I've heard a number of excuses for standing at Mass, but this is the most elaborate to date. Your thoughts?


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