Diana answers:Where in the liturgical books or in the statutes approved in 2008 does it state that all can receive the consecrated bread, return to their place with consecrated bread in hand, and consume together with the priest receiving the consecrated bread last? I saw that moving of the sign of peace was approved in the 2008 statutes but didn't see in writing that the way of receiving and consuming after a time of waiting was approved. Does the NCW follow the Roman rite?Thank you, Diana.Eleanor Aguon
- Mozarabic (Spain and Portugal),
- Ambrosian (Milan, Italy),
- Bragan (Braga, Portugal),
- Dominican, Carmelite, and Carthusian (religious orders).
So let's review: There are seven rites within the Latin Church, one of which, the dominant one, is the Roman Rite which has three forms.
"We Christians do not have altars…because the holy stone is Christ…That’s why we can celebrate the Eucharist on a suitable table and we can celebrate in a square, in the countryside or wherever it is suitable. We don’t have a particular place where exclusively we should celebrate our worship." (Vo1. 1, Pg 51—52)
Can. 932 §1. The eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in a sacred place unless in a particular case necessity requires otherwise; in such a case the celebration must be done in a decent place. §2. The eucharistic sacrifice must be carried out on a dedicated or blessed altar; outside a sacred place a suitable table can be used, always with a cloth and a corporal.
"In the dioceses of the United States of America, they should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason." (GIRM, par. 43)
"Floral decorations should always be done with moderation and placed around the altar rather than on its mensa." (GIRM, par. 305 - "mensa" is Latin for "table", which of course is surface of the altar)
GIRM 158. After this, standing and turned toward the altar, the priest says quietly, Corpus Christi custodiat me in vitam aeternam (May the Body of Christ bring me to everlasting life) and reverently receives the Body of Christ. Then he takes the chalice, saying quietly, Sanguis Christi custodiat me in vitam aeternam (May the Blood of Christ bring me to everlasting life), and reverently receives the Blood of Christ.
159. The Communion chant begins while the priest is receiving the Sacrament (cf. no. 86).
160. The priest then takes the paten or ciborium and goes to the communicants, who, as a rule, approach in a procession.
"As soon as the communicant receives the host, he or she consumes it entirely." (GIRM, par. 161)
"I heard Father Pius say that these are the new instructions coming from the Pope. We received these instructions from Kiko Arguello who in turn received the same instructions from Pope Benedict."
"On the manner of receiving Holy Communion, a period of transition (not exceeding two years) is granted to the Neocatechumenal Way to pass from the widespread manner of receiving Holy Communion in its communities (seated, with a cloth-covered table placed at the center of the church instead of the dedicated altar in the sanctuary) to the normal way in which the entire Church receives Holy Communion. This means that the Neocatechumenal Way must begin to adopt the manner of distributing the Body and Blood of Christ that is provided in the liturgical books." (Letter to Kiko from the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, 12/1/05, beginning with the words: "I am to inform you of the Holy Father’s decisions.")
"Precisely to help the Neocatechumenal Way to render even more effective its evangelizing action in communion with all the People of God, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments recently imparted to you in my name certain norms concerning the Eucharistic Celebration, after the trial period that the Servant of God John Paul II conceded. I am sure you will attentively observe these norms that reflect what is provided for in the liturgical books approved by the Church. " (ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO MEMBERS OF THE NEOCATECHUMENAL WAY, 12 January 2006)
When the Pope tells us that we are to receive the Body of Christ standing and then sit and wait until everyone receives the Body of Christ, and then we can consume it together with the priest, the NCW will obey the Pope’s instruction. We are not going to say, “Pope, we will do it when you put it down in writing.”
"...if you do not believe any of it, you can always write a letter of complaint to the Vatican."
Nevertheless "The Diana(s)" here provide all the evidence we need to see that the Neocatechumenal Way - at least as it is practiced on Guam - has both a different liturgy and a different hierarchy, placing it outside the Catholic Church, and giving us all the more reason to resist it ever more vehemently. And so we shall!