We were out for the day and attended another church for the vigil Mass. We felt like fishes out of water. They didn’t kneel during the Mass whatsoever there. I’ve never seen that anywhere before. I’ve seen it after the Lamb of God, but not no kneeling at all. During the Our Father, basically there was forced handholding, across the aisles, no way out of it. We went with the flow, and did as others did, but felt really uncomfortable. Even the kids wondered what in the heck was going on. The priest gave a very nice sermon.
On leaving the church, I mentioned that they didn’t kneel at his church. He said that that goes back to the early church and that after Vatican 2 they started going back to earlier ways. I complimented him on his sermon and we went on our way. He was very nice.
There were kneelers in the church, but no kneeling, except for a few stray people. We decided to go along with the majority. The music was very nicely done, and the only other unusual thing was that the priest joined in holding hands with the whole congregation and he came to shake hands with everyone during the greet your neighbor portion.