Sunday, May 13, 2018

Stop The Hand Holding During The Our Father At Mass

 Yes as we are praying the Our Father at Mass there are numerous individuals that are holding hands and then raising them when the priest does. Is this okay to do this during Mass ? The answer to that is no , it should not be done. The reason why is that it is not in the rubrics, which is what is to be done during Mass by the priest and the congregation. This has also never been approved by the Pope or the Holy See.

 Okay so exactly what should be done to put an end to this action. Well the priest should either send a written letter to all those in the congregation explaining why this should not be done any longer. The other choice would be to explain this during the beginning of the Mass. I am sure there will be those that will be upset, but we can not have people just doing what they please. If they do we will be heading for a split of the Church or a Schism in the Church.

 Many people seem to be asking where did this hand holding exactly come from. I spent a few years in the Assembly Of God Church and quite a few years in the protestant church. I believe that people that have come from these churches, brought some of their protestant ways with them. If this is so, then they clearly do not understand the ways of the Catholic Church.

 Below is the reading and order taken from the Rubrics: 

What the Priest does is in red.

 The Communion Rite 124. After the chalice and paten have been set down, the Priest, with hands joined, says: At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say: He extends his hands and, together with the people, continues: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Or: Alternate musical settings of the Lord’s Prayer may be found in Appendix I, pp. 0000-0000. 125. With hands extended, the Priest alone continues, saying: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He joins his hands. The people conclude the prayer, acclaiming: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. 126. Then the Priest, with hands extended, says aloud: Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you; look not on our sins, 38 THE ORDER OF MASS but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. He joins his hands. Who live and reign for ever and ever. The people reply: Amen.

If you would like to see the whole Rubrics or Order Of The Mass in a pdf file click this link:  The Holy Order Of The Mass

Here are a few articles I came across on the subject of holding hands during the Mass:
  1. Holding Hands During The Our Father
  2. Video About Holding Hands
  3. Stop Holding Hands
  4. Holding Hands During The Lords Prayer

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Learn To Play Guitar For During Mass

 I remember the Guitar Masses when I was a young child back in the 70s and they made for a beautiful time. Today it seems as though some Catholic Churches have incorporated the Protestant Big Band Electric Guitar sound and I don't care for that.

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