I got a question by e-mail from a retired priest military chaplain (edited):
Can you tell me why the number of the signs of the cross over the sacred species after the consecration [in the TLM]? After all, we are not "blessing" Jesus.
It is good to know why we do things in the older form of Mass. An image flashed through my mind of some priest being "tested" by his somewhat unfriendly bishop to see if he was "qualified" to celebrate the older form, turning the tables and asking his somewhat hostile bishop, "Why all the signs of the Cross after the consecration?"