It is now over five years since I learned to say Mass in the Usus Antiquior. [Hooray!] I have tried hard not to import random bits of rubrical practice into my celebration of the Novus Ordo. [That can be tough.]
One thing, however, that I do find myself doing is holding my thumb and forefinger together once the Sacred Host is consecrated. [Good!]
I have recently been challenged by a lay person, who felt that I was exercising private preference rather than conforming to the norms of the Church. Yet not holding my digits together seems disrespectful.
Can you please offer any guidance?
Guidance? Sure! Lemme think…
You could just gape at the lay person and say, “Are you serious? And if so, have you seen a doctor for this condition?”
Otherwise you could say, “Yes, you know, you’re absolutely right! Thank you! Thank you for helping me see the error of my ways. I will immediately stop importing these horrible practices into the Ordinary Form. Hence, because of your comments, from now on every Mass I say at this parish will be according to the 1962 Missal.”
Ignore the lay person. Continue to do what you are doing.