I know there are times to sit, stand, and kneel at Mass. But should there be rubrics about what the congregation does with its hands at Mass?
Many people like to criticize when lay congregants raise their hands in the orans posture or hold hands during Mass - the orans posture was even forbidden (or strongly discouraged - I don’t remember) by one bishop for the congregations in his diocese because he said it was a priestly gesture at Mass (never mind the many images of laypeople in the orans posture in the Roman catacombs). I’m not that concerned about how people improvise what they do with their hands at Mass when there is no rule regarding what they should do - people have been holding Rosaries and doing all kinds of things for centuries. What I am wondering is whether or not there should be rubrics for what everyone should do with their hands at certain times. Should we have our hands joined in prayer at certain times? Should they be palm to palm or fingers interlaced? Should our right thumb go over our left thumb? Should our hands rest on our breast? Should there ever be a time when rubrics tell the whole congregation to raise one or both hands in any way? Priests have been improvising, too, by asking the congregation to raise their hands at times. RC priests are infamous for asking for forgiveness rather than permission when it comes to just about everything - and especially liturgy. Rather than let people improvise willy nilly, why not just say exactly what laypeople are supposed to be doing with their hands at any point in Mass ? I actually find it distracting having to figure out what I should do with my hands - every time I join them in prayer I think for a bit over how I should do it. I like rules! Whatever rules are drawn up can allow for inculturation as long as it is sensible and allows for Mass to be solemn.