[quote="R_C, post:5, topic:325673"]
I used to do the same, but not anymore.
At the Elevation it would be best to look at Christ. If I am not mistaken, this is the significance of the liturgical element of the Elevation. It is also why bells are rung many times at this point: to call the faithful's attention towards what is happening. In the past, bells used to ring a total of 10 times throughout the Elevation of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
The Elevation used to consist of the following: kneel, lift, kneel. During the time when the priest kneels, it was proper to offer some sign of humbleness such as indeed lowering our head or closing our eyes, but during the time when the Lord is held up high it was proper to look at Him, love Him, and there were even indulgences attached to the silent prayer of the words: "Dominus meus et Deus meus", "My Lord and my God" while looking at Him.
Obviously it is not wrong or bad or anything negative if you simply bow or close your eyes :) But I think this way you may be missing out on something wonderful and edifying.
I TOTALLY AGREE with every single thing that you said RC.......actually....everything that you said is CORRECT !!!
Obviously the Eucharist is HELD UP for a reason.........to look at HIM........besides the offering of Him to the Father.!
I will add one other thing...........from what I once read (I believe it was from a saint)......"Our place in Heaven is raised everytime we look at the Eucharist" !!!
We also DEFINITELY receive MANY blessings from looking at Him !!!