Q: My congregation has the custom of having everyone extend hands in blessing over someone who is being blessed.
But they also do it during Confirmation, when the presider is calling down the Spirit on the Confirmands. Any comments?
A: I can’t point to any rubrics that allow for everyone to extend hands. But then it’s hard to find rubrics that expressly forbid it. If it’s a custom, I’d probably not make a big deal out of it. Another solution is not to invite it, but let it go if it happens.