The gesture of reaching out laterally to hold hands during the Our Father never gelled with me.
Do you do that when you go for a haircut or pedicure?
The waiting room of a doctor's office?
You're only in Church for an hour and the moment comes to pray to the Father, why in Sam Hill do people distract that intimacy with the people sitting beside us?
Bishop Roger Foys has capitalized on the new translation to issued a decree of the proper gestures during the Liturgy.
The priest holds his hands out. There is no gesture prescribed for lay people. Don't flap your arms like the wings of a bird. Don't do a cartwheel. Don't hold hands. You just pray. That's all.