I will have to admit there were many years there that I did not go to Church at all. I think my parents stopped making me go after I was confirmed. As kids we didn’t like being dragged to Church. As a little boy I wanted to be home playing. Oh, I went to mass on Easter and Christmas (I was a Holiday Catholic). But a couple years there I missed. My life took me elsewhere and I was not attending.
I remember when I had come back they had changed the melodies of some of the singing prayers. I really missed the way they went when I was a boy. I think they’ve changed them a couple times since. I’m 43, so I remember the folk masses back in the late 1960’s. I liked that when I was a kid.
But the one thing I do not ever remember seeing at a Catholic mass when I was growing up was people holding their arms out extended like Jesus would stand in a painting? And I also don’t remember when groups of people started holding hands during the Our Father? I remember when I first started seeing this it reminded me of Protestant church services on TV. When did this pop up in the Catholic Church? Just curious?