Why is putting our hands together in prayer so important? Usually we see the priest, the deacon, the altar servers with their hands together. So, a lot of people think that gesture is only for those serving at the altar. Why? Putting the hands together is a sign of submission to God. What could be more fitting then showing submission to God in our worship service? Also, we try to teach them to cross their thumbs in a cross, representing Jesus, Our Lord.
Gestures of prayer and submission are very important. After what He has done for us, giving Him an hour of our undivided attention is not too much to ask. Please, all adults be better examples for the children in your parish. Stop talking. Put your hands together in prayer. God deserves our submission, our humility, our whole selves. Do it. Be an example of holiness, if not for yourself, for the children. Someday, it will feel more natural, I promise.
I've been wanting to write about this for some time, but got the idea to write now from "Thank God I'm Catholic" blog.