In order to express to God our reverence before Him and our
worship of Him, during prayer we stand, and do not sit; only the sick and
elderly are allowed to pray sitting down. Standing while at prayer is an ancient
and God-ordained tradition. In Old Testament times, the congregation of Israel
stood in the Temple (Neh. 9:4,5; 8:7, 2 Chron. 20:5,13), the Saints stand in
Heaven before the Throne of God (Is. 6:2, 1 Kings 22:19, Dan. 7:10, Rev. 7:11),
and even Jesus Christ Himself said, "When ye stand praying"
(Mark 9:25). Therefore Christians, according to apostolic teaching, stand
through the Divine Services, where it is often proclaimed: "Let us stand
In recognizing our sinfulness and unworthiness
before God, and as a sign of our humility, we make bows during our
prayers. There are bows from the waist, when we bow from the waist, and to
the ground, when we bow down on our knees and touch our head to the ground
Why should we stand and not sit during prayer? Why do we make bows during
prayer? What kinds of bows are there?
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