Bishop’s pastoral letter, long story short: follow the rule book, and stop holding hands for the Our Father.

Ipsissimis verbis: 2011 Pastoral Letter with Decree Bulletin Insert.

Hmmm, if people can no longer extend their hands for the Our Father because the Missale Romanum states only that the priest does so, then what about the announcement of the Gospel Reading? The missal mentions only the deacon (or priest) signing himself on the forehead, lips, and breast, but the laity began doing the same ages ago. Is this too an abuse to stamp out?


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