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Orans or Open Hand Prayer Posture

 

Question:
Many Catholics are in the habit of holding their hands in the “Orans” posture during the Lord’s Prayer along with the celebrant. Some do this on their own as a private devotional posture while some congregations make it a general practice for their communities.

Is this practice permissible under the current rubrics, either as a private practice not something adopted by a particular parish as a communal gesture?

Answer:
No position is prescribed in the Roman Missal for an assembly gesture during the Lord’s Prayer.



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