I went to daily Mass this morning and unfortunately had a priest who does not take the rubrics very seriously. There were several things that were not exactly correct, but the major things I noticed were that he kept his hands loosely folded throughout the Eucharistic Prayer and also that he pronounced the words of Consecration without taking the bread in his hands. After he saying the words of the Consecration, he picked the PATTEN with one hand and held it up, doing the same thing with the chalice. So he never touched the Hosts until Communion. This is pretty substantial and while I doubt if it was invalid, I just wanted to get your thoughts on this. I think that priest needs a lot of prayers for this among other things.
That was valid but highly illicit. Remember, that a priest also validly consecrates hosts in a pyx or ciborium without touching them. Touching is not needed for validity.
I would address myself first to the priest and ask why he does what he does. If he is amenable, you might ask him to look over the rubrics with you. You might also want to give him a Say The Black… Do The Red coffee mug to punctuate the event.
Even in the lame-duck Sacramentary in the USA we find in the 1st Eucharistic Prayer … and this is consistent with the other Eucharistic Prayers:
The day before he suffered
He takes the bread and, raising it a little above the altar, continues:
he took bread in his sacred hands…
Say The Black… Do The Red. Right? Is this hard?
If he is uncooperative in that regard, or repulses you, I would immediately address myself to the local bishop, in writing, explaining exactly what the facts are without editorializing, and send a copy to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discpline of the Sacraments. A photo would be helpful. The Congregation, or any ecclesiastical authority, is loathe to do anything unless there are proofs that something is going on.
In any event, the people of God have the right not to have priests screw around with the rubrics.