There have been some threads regarding the holding of hands at the Our Father. Many claim they have no problem with it. Some actually claim it makes them feel closer to one another when holding hands and refuse to change because they like the "feeling". Many refuse to hold hands (me included) because **it is not **called for in the rubrics.
Here is my question. If you will all check the missalette you will notice that during the reciting of the creed when we get to the part of “and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us” it says in parenthesis that we must bow.
How many of you that refuse to hold hands because the rubrics should be followed explicitly, bow at this point. And I’m not referring to just a tiny unnoticeable nod, but a bow from the waist. How many of you who love to hold hands, even though it’s nowhere in the rubrics, do not bow on something that specifically states **we should do? **
[font="][font=Comic Sans MS]I confronted a priest one about this once and I questioned him why he allowed for people to hold hands when it’s not called for and why does he not correct the people that they should bow. He said, “well, I bow”. I told him that I wasn’t asking about him but the congregation. His only answer was that “well, they know they should”. And there I think lies the problem.