Back in the day I recall people would hold hands with one another during the Our Father. That seems to have died out, but at my church, about half or so of the people make the orans gesture during the Our Father.
Where does this come from? There’s nothing at all even remotely like it in the traditional mass. Why in the new mass?
I was reading from Ezra 8: 6&7 which made me think of it: Ezra builds a wooden step like a pulpit in the street by the water gate, and reads from the law. The people stand, “And Esdras blessed the Lord the great God: and all the people answered Amen, amen: lifting up their hands: and they bowed down, and adored God with their faces to the ground.”