|Question Title||Posted By||Question Date|
|Why do people hold hands during Our Father??||Kristin||Thursday, January 3, 2013|
To Whom It May Concern,
|Question Answered by Mr. Jacob Slavek
The Church makes no such instruction at all to hold hands during the Our Father.. therefore the correct thing is to NOT hold hands, but rather simply hold whatever reverent posture you already normally have during the Mass when standing.
Now in your particular case you may need to make a judgment call whether or not to hold hands this Sunday, of course I don't want you to make a scene. If the priest specifically instructs the people to hold holds, well then hold hands because the Church values uniformity in postures... but quite frankly if the the priest DID make such an instruction, he would be wrong and overstepping his authority.
Whenever I find myself at a Mass where the people start to hold hands, and if there is NOT a specific instruction from the priest, then I simply politely decline to those standing nearby, and I haven't had any problems.
Footer Notes: (a) A Eucharistic Minister is clergy (Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion). Laity are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and should never be called Eucharistic Ministers.
(b) There is no such Mass called the Novus Ordo. The Current Mass is the Roman Missal of 2000, or the Oridinary Form of the Mass. The Tridentine Mass is the Roman Missal of 1962, or the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Please refrain from using the term, Novus Ordo. Thanks.
(c) The titles of Acolyte and Lector belong exclusively to the Installed Offices of Acolyte and Lector, who are men (only) appointed by the Bishop. These roles performed by others are Altar Servers and Readers, respectively.