"As for holding hands, there is no prescribed posture for the hands during the Our Father and that, so far at least, neither the Holy See nor the U.S. bishops' conference has officially addressed it.
The bow, not genuflect) should happen…"
"My answer was on topic, as I was trying to give some background to the question.: We are given instructions on what we are to do during the Mass, and it is contained in what is known as the GIRM. The GIRM says nothing about holding hands…"
"As I've averred numerous times, each parish, each diocese, and each religious order (including priests within the individual orders) can and do differ in the details in how they celebrate the Mass.
If anyone doesn't want to hold hands…"
"At my parish we are not instructed to do so, but they do. I prefer not to hold hands of strangers personally.
At my wife's parish they don't do it at all. In fact my wife had never heard anything about holding hands during the…"
"Regular Joe and Sean, I think you've gone a bit off topic. OP question was about the parishioners who have their back hair up about holding hands during the Our Father, not the folks praying using the orans posture.
Nobody has come…"
"This goes to what the GIRM (General Instruction on the Roman Missal) says. The Roman Missal is the words that are said at Mass. The General Instruction is what is to be done during the Mass. It tells us when to stand, when to…"
"I commented on the folks who still haven't quite accepted changes in ritual that have taken place over the past half-century, or are so reliant upon "authority" that they are uncomfortable with anything that isn't spelled out in…"
"Oh boy. Here we go with folks being overly worried about how the ritual of saying one prayer during Mass. Every parish I've been in for the last 25-30 odd years has held hands during the Our Father. The last time I actively…"
I have heard some comment about how it's wrong for parishioners to hold hands during the Our Father during Mass. Some do it at my Parrish (well actually most) and I don't see how there could be something wrong with it. Of course one doesn't have to at my Parish and no one takes offense if one doesn't. I'm just interested in why some think it's wrong.I have another question. When going up for communion one is suppose to bow their head (or genuflect) before taking the Host or the Cup. I've seen…See More
"I have three children four and under. I never get sit through a full Mass. Children misbehaving is not what I thought the original poster was talking about. I thought it was older people who should know better."
"Have you tried to go the Priest? I know that if this was going on at the Church that I attend our Priest would say something during the sermon. If that isn't an option, maybe you could try a more traditional church to go to. I have rarely seen…"
"Long before I was Catholic, I saw that the local Catholic church had a cry room. I thought it was very sweet that they had a room specially for those who were overcome by the beauty of the service or the sweetness of the Spirit! :o"
"Speaking of crying babies during Mass...In my youth, I was in a parish that had a combination of a church with excellent acoustics, a great PA system, and a Monsignor who didn't so much say the Mass as he BOOMED IT OUT! He was completely…"
Hi there Bearwolf. Welcome to AoM. Also, I'd like to give you a friendly invite to check out my group, The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you with us.
"As a side bar, I was told years ago that when Playgirl magazine was first published, men for the first time got to feel what it's been like for women forever it seems. (No one of either gender can compete with the perfect air-brushed…"
""I'll also add: if there needs to be a change, the leaders of the change should be members of the group. For self-appointed guardians to decide for other ethnicities what they should be offended by seems pretty demeaning."
"The whole "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" thing is B.S. I remember meeting a woman in her 80s a few years ago who shared with me that when she was a child she was called ugly, and that stuck with…"
"Those times when I hear (even in the 21st century!) someone use "Jew" as a verb really upsets me (I am not Jewish). C'mon, people. "The times, they are a-changin' " is the truth, and many of those changes…"
""White became... white."
Depends who you ask. Some people prefer Caucasian. (Even though it's not technically correct most of the time.) Some people prefer American of European ancestry. Some people prefer white. Some people…"
"On the topic of education, particularly post-secondary education, I just want to point out that my wife's law degree probably cost her less than 15,000 CAD in total. (Including her undergrad!) She graduated in more or less 2007 I think.…"
Thanks for the reply, its good having a female perspective on this. I've been with her about 5 years so I know about the 'up in arms about every little thing' issue haha.
On a serious note, I don't think her mum realised…"
[I]n the past fifty years, education costs have doubled, college costs have dectupled, health insurance costs have dectupled, subway costs have at least dectupled, and housing costs have increased by about fifty percent. US health care costs about four times as much as equivalent health care in other First World countries; US subways cost about eight times as much as equivalent subways in other First World countries...[A]ll of the numbers above are inflation-adjusted....And this is especially…See More