The new Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolas celebrates a mass at the Gesu after his election as the Black Pope. I am not really knocking him, and yes this is another of those things of mine, and yes John Paul II started doing it after he has shot and couldn't raise both arms. But why when both arms seem to work do they elevated the Sacred Host one handed?
I know the General Instruction of the Roman Missal merely says, He shows the host to the people, but this one handed elevation seems to trivialise the elevation, likle most people who do it, when it comes to the elevation of the chalice they use both hands.
When I was 15 and had a Saturday job selling posh pens, I was ticked off by the manager for just grabbing one of the more expensive ones and putting it on the velvet for the customers inspection. "If it's over 15 quid use both hands, lad, it shows it has value", I was told.
I can't help thinking that both chalice host should be handled with the same dignity and as today's GIRM is so vague about it then we must rely on the best of general custom or that which was done in the previious ritual.
But I press the point, why do they do it?