I have a question either for you, or if you choose to publish it on your blog, for anyone who can answer it.
In the 3 parishes I’ve been assigned to in my 10+ years of Priesthood, I’ve noticed that many women who receive Holy Communion in the hand seem to turn their rings around, so that, when they come to me with their hands poised to receive, the jewels of their rings face their palms. Any idea what’s behind that? I’m sure it has nothing to do with any rubrics, but I’m wondering if there’s any tradition behind doing so (something like "turning the rings to "decorate" the place where the Host will be placed). The parishes I’ve served in are in three different parts of New Jersey, so I’m sure it’s not a regional, geographic thing.
I have never noticed this, since I am not usually at a parish where any great number of folks receive in the hand.
My first reaction is that the women are turning their rings around so that they don’t catch on things, snag clothing, etc. I doubt very much it has anything to do with "decorating" their hands for Communion.
Perhaps some ladies will chime in… unless explaining this violates the Secret Rules and Tactics that are constantly being discussed in those unending strategy meetings going on in the "powder rooms" to which they always seem to withdraw in pairs or small groups.