Why Bow Where They Do Not Bow

Andrewes gives the rationale for which I will kneel for prayer in a church that doesn’t specify a posture for prayer, such as the St Andrews Free Church of Scotland:

If He breathed into us our soul, but framed not our body (but some other did that), neither bow your knee nor uncover your head, but keep on your hats and sit even as you do hardly. But if He hath framed that body of yours, and every member of it, let Him have the honour both of head and knee, and every member else.

Likewise for bowing the head at the holy Name of Jesus, which looks forward to the day when every knee will bow at that Name: it honours God with the body, and it urges the whole heart to acknowledge him more fully, that he may make its paths straight.


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