I am a new Catholic. Baptized this past Easter Vigil, but I have been going to Mass since early 2012. In that whole time I have seen two different people do something extremely unusual during the consecration (I am pretty sure they are two different people but they do almost the exactly same thing)
I saw it today and I was wondering if anyone has seen this before and can explain why someone would be doing this. When the Priest elevated the host the lady raised her hand, palm facing the host. She did it in unison with the priest as he raised and then lowered the host. Then she did the same thing as the priest elevated the chalice. Only with both her hands cupped together. Actually, she might have did the thing with her palm facing the chalice too, but I have seen the other lady who was doing something identical during the consecration, raise both her hands cupped together in unison with the priest as he raised and lowered the chalice. And I think I have seen it also done with one hand raised, palm facing the host, other hand at about shoulder level, palm facing up.
This distracted me a lot because the lady was sitting in the first row near the isle. So I could see her clearly while looking toward the Altar. Like I said, I have only seen two women do this (unless they are the same woman but I am pretty sure they are two different women) I was just wondering if anyone has any idea why they are doing this? Is there some kind of special reason or do you think it is maybe just some kind of personal, extra reverence or at least a attempt at it? It just seems strange to me because of the whole “raise and lower in unison with the priest” thing AS he is concreting the bread and wine. Anyone seen this before, actually do this themselves, or at least know why these women do this?