Question of the Day for Monday, December 31, 2012
Holding hands during the Our Father?
Q. I’m looking for clarification concerning the holding of hands during the Lord’s Prayer at Mass. I have come upon several answers to the question: It is optional; it should not be done; it is required; it is merely traditional; hands are clasped only during the Offering of Peace, etc. Can you give me an answer to this puzzle?
E.N., Beaufort, S.C.
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
The Church neither prohibits nor demands that the faithful hold hands during the Our Father. No priest can demand that the people hold hands during the Our Father, but he does not have to prohibit it either.
I have become aware though that the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., has recently clarified that “because the GIRM does not prescribe this posture (holding hands), this is not to be done.” I find no fault with that interpretation.
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