How do you genuflect before entering pew?
Touch your knee to the floor in reverence. Genuflect toward the tabernacle when you first enter the Church/your pew and when you leave. If it’s too hard physically, try to express reverence in some other way.
Which way do you cross yourself?
To “cross yourself,” take your right hand and put your thumb, index, and middle finger together. In Western Christianity, you then touch your forehead, the center of your chest, your left shoulder, and your right shoulder. In Eastern (Orthodox) churches, you touch your right shoulder before your left shoulder.
What do you say after first reading?
The first reading is followed by a Responsorial Psalm, a complete Psalm or a sizeable portion of one. A cantor, choir or lector leads, and the congregation sings or recites a refrain.
Why can’t you cross your legs in Greek church?
Don’t Cross Your Legs
In the eyes of the church, this represents a form of arrogance that stands in the way of our relationship to God. Since a lot of people aren’t aware of this thinking, people tend to cross their legs without realizing that it is considered improper.
What do you do when entering a Catholic church?
At the church entrance, you’ll notice parishioners dipping their fingers into a container of water. This holy water is a reminder of baptism. Respectfully walk by but stay quiet in case anyone is praying. Anyone is free to use the font, so you can try blessing yourself with the sign of the cross if you want.