- Prostration. There are three different reasons why we prostrate:* for worship; when we enter the church and prostrate before the Holy Altar.for respect; in the presence of a Pope or bishop, we prostrate before them.Repentance, interior sorrow for sin. It also means the action by which such sorrow is expressed, usually a prostration, or 'metanyia'.
Dictionary of church terms. — St. GEORGE'S COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH SPORTING - ALEXANDRIA EGYPT. Fr. Tadros Yacoub Maiaty.