From a priest reader:
Easter Greetings in the Lord.
I am writing with a question for you, or any other knowledgeable priest, to answer.
Last spring I attended two priestly ordinations. The first was in the extraordinary form, the celebrant was Cardinal Hoyos, and the priests in attendance, after laying on of hands all congregated on one side of the sanctuary and extended the right hand during the consecratory prayer following the laying on of hands (we were vested in surplice and stole).
The second ordination was in the cathedral of my home diocese …. It was, of course, in the ordinary form. During this ordination, after the laying on of hands, the concelebrants similarly congregated in one area of the sanctuary, but during the consecratory prayer, the bishop was the only one who extended hands (in the "orans" position) while we (vested as concelebrants) stood with hands folded – NOT EXTENDED. A priest acquaintance of mine, a member of the Institute of Christ the King (they who have taken to calling themselves "Canons"), was surprised that we were not extending hands during this moment of the ordination.
I subsequently asked the MC about it and he assured me that such is NOT done in the ordinary form. For the life of me, I cannot remember what happened at my own ordination, but I am not satisfied with his assurance.
Could you shed some light on what ought to be done?
Timing is of the essence as we are on the cusp of our next priestly ordination.
My my! It seems as if we have a bit of an emergency on our hands… so to speak!
Frankly, Father, I am not sure about this. I have a clear recollection of extending my hand also during ordinary form ordinations to the priesthood as the bishop speaks the prayer.
As I am not at home at the time of this writing, and do not therefore have access to my liturgical books, I cannot advise.
Therefore, I call for the help of readers. Anecdotes are great, but citations are what we really need.