St. Dominic's first way of prayer was to bow towards the altar humbly, as if Christ were present in person, and not only symbolically. With this biblical way of prayer (Judith 9:11; Matt. 15:25; Luke 15:21), St. Dominic would look humbly to Christ, thinking of his own weakness and worshipping the holiness of Christ.
He taught the brothers to do this whenever they passed a crucifix, so that Christ, who was humbled by his death on a cross for us, should see them giving humble thanks.
He also made the brothers bow in honor of the Trinity when "Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit," was said solemnly.
This was how he began his prayer.
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Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic: Inclinations / Rev. 12 December 1998 / © Copyright 1998, Elizabeth T. Knuth / URL: http://www.users.csbsju.edu/~eknuth/nineways/9ways1.html