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Metanyia
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Prostration. There are three different reasons why we prostrate:-

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for worship; when we enter the church and prostrate before the Holy Altar.

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for respect; in the presence of a Pope or bishop, we prostrate before them.

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Repentance, interior sorrow for sin. It also means the action by which such sorrow is expressed, usually a prostration, or 'metanyia'.

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