While in line for communion people have started bowing (bending over from the waist up) when they are the next person from the front of the line. In other words, while the person in front receives communion they bow. They don’t bow when it is their turn. I have been away from the church and am recently back. Is this something new that happened when the words of Mass got changed a couple years ago? I don’t ever remember being taught this when I made my first communion in the 80’s. I’ve also noticed that when communion first starts the line goes for a while with nobody doing the bow. But if one person does it, then everybody after them does.
I want to clarify that this is happening in a line that is not in the center of the church. It is all the way against the side wall. There is no crucifix or tabernacle in our vicinity. Why should we bow? Out of respect for the presence of Christ in the host?