No. First, note that
many people may object to this practice – for example, consider the following visitor query...
"Is dislike of the
'sign of peace' and hand holding at the Lord's Prayer cause to avoid Mass?"
In light of St. Paul's
"...it is good
not to...do anything that causes your brother to stumble." (Rom. 14:21)
offense, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God, just as I try to please
everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that
they may be saved." (1 Cor. 10:32-33)
Would you really wish
to be the cause of someone wanting to avoid Mass?
Also, besides being
unsanitary, this practice may result in...
* people's hands being grabbed against their will
* a loss of focus on the Lord's Prayer
* persons feeling uncomfortable by unwanted touching
* people feeling obliged to grab others' hands
* people being disturbed by the practice (e.g. if hands are
jerked or held too long, if someone's hands appear filthy/diseased, etc.)
* children being touched by strangers and being pressured
to touch other people (even unknown men & women)
* men/women feeling pressured to touch men/women that they
do not know
* people being judged 'uncharitable' because they do not
feel comfortable participating in this arguably inappropriate gesture
If you object to
hand-holding at the Our Father, you might bring up your legitimate concerns with
the priest (regrettably, however, you may not receive a warm reception).
Nevertheless, note that the practice is NOT obligatory.
Should you find it
possible to avoid the distracting/uncomfortable hand-holding at the Our Father
Novus Ordo Mass, you might consider attending the
Traditional Latin Mass (which, thankfully, should exclude such disagreeable
practices). [Note: It is
still possible – thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the Traditional Latin
Mass throughout the world. The highly reverent Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs
from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try
here for more information). To locate a
Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try
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