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Here, from a parish website, is the answer.
There is much more on the link but the upraised hands thing gets to me. In my own Church people are doing it when the Priest says "peace be with you" and they reply with upraised hands "and with your spirit"
It is starting to have a pentecostal feeling to the masses.
The First Letter to Timothy: "I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling" (2:8).
Is "a pentecostal feeling" such a bad thing? Maybe the new Pentecost is coming? :)
Why don't you keep your self to your self at mass? Dont you know that lifting hands even above ones thigh in a Catholic assembly is difficult and the reason for doing so is a language of the heart, a gesture of intense interest in what is going on, earnest supplecation, joy etc?
I feel rather the opposite is the problem in many Catholic parishes.. people look like stone faces as though they were scared lest something bad would happen if they felt any stirring in their soul that might spil over into bodily expression. When I became a Catholic I felt it was embarrasing that people would kneel.. I was not used to that. My back ground would call it an emotional display of piety.
Now I love to kneel.. and I love to lift my hands too to God, which is mentioned both in old and new testament, not only as priestly ritual act. But I hardly do it at Church, for I have noticed that some are scandalized by such things.