I’m a convert to the Catholic faith from the Pentecostal movement. I converted in 2001, and while I participated in the Charismatic Renewal at first I eventually moved away from it. As a person who has been very expressive in prayer I decided early on that while I am standing during Mass, unless I am holding a hymn book or Missal I will stand with “hands pressed together” (like some altar boys). To me it is a beautiful posture and to have my hands folded while standing is a discipline that helps keep me focussed.
On the other hand I am almost always the only one doing this!
I have even been in a Mass with many holy people, even monastics, and not one had “hands pressed together”.
At times I think that people see someone like me with “hands pressed together” and may think I am trying to look holier than thou or somehow show off, or bring attention to myself or appear devout, while I just do it for the purposes I’ve stated. I guess it’s partly because I’m an artsy type guy and love to create beauty in worship and find “hands pressed together” a beautiful expression of devotion. (At home privately I usually pray in the Orans posture)
So, on one hand I feel I may be continuing an old beautiful practice and helping to keep that practice from disappearing,
and at the same time giving myself a posture of discipline to keep focussed and expressing reverence toward God, and on the other hand I feel it makes me stand out undesirably and people may be mislead into the idea I think highly of myself. Maybe many people are the “frozen chosen” as is said, but I like to have the positions and postures of prayer and Mass to me is all prayer.
I know there is nothing in the GIRM about it but I would like to see what people here with such diversity of opinion think about this subject.