Why Do Catholics Sit, Stand, and Kneel During the Mass?
We adopt different postures throughout the Mass to help us focus, and each posture means something different.
We sit during the homily and the readings to help us listen. We stand during the Gospel, and when the priest enters and leaves, to show him honor and respect when he represents Christ.
Finally, we kneel at the Consecration in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, because Christ, himself, is present. These actions are intended to engage both our bodies and our minds in prayer.