You see by my initiating this thread my ignorance on the matter. I appreciate the answers given. It is something people do to focus themselves in prayer. Most people here who do this are from pre-vatican 2 days or learned from someone from pre-vatican 2.
My next question is how peer pressure plays into this. If I am at church where there are several respectable and very faithful people doing this I might be drawn to do this to. The only thing is I don’t understand why they are doing this.
The more people doing it, the more likely I may conform even though I have no clue.
So of all the people I see covering their faces, how many really know what they are doing? How much does peer pressure play into this?
My final thought is that communion is a community thing. We are a family at church are we not? We all come to the altar to receive our Lord. When we cover our faces we are not living out the word communion, are we? Shouldn’t we be singing the communion song?
Pre-vatican 2 the congregation did not sing much, so it made sense to cover your face while communion went on because there was all this commotion to distract you. Now we have a song that is our prayer, hopefully is it is well selected, for the first part of our prayer. We sing as a community to our Lord.
We don’t need to cover our faces because that deep prayer is intended during the silence after communion that should be provided. There is not motion so covering hands as to not get distracted is mute.
Is there anything wrong with covering your hands, I would say not. As long as we remember that we are a community coming to our Lord. “We are one body, one body in Christ.”