- Liturgical Books: Books published by the authority of a church, that contain the text and directions for the liturgy of its official religious services. For our purposes, "a church" is the Roman Catholic Church" - so called "Roman" because it is headed by the Bishop of Rome. The Liturgical Books of the Roman Catholic Church - specifically those which govern the Sacred Liturgy (The Mass) are two:
- Roman Missal: The book containing the prescribed prayers, chants, and instructions for the celebration of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.
- General Instruction of the Roman Missal: The book governing the celebration of Mass of the ordinary form of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church
- Roman Rite: The Rite of Mass in primary usage in the Western or Latin Church.
- Ordinary Form: The "Mass of Paul VI" first promulgated in 1969 and otherwise known as the "Novus Ordo," or "New Order" of the Mass, since it was "new" in 1969 versus the "usus antiquor" or the Mass of "ancient usage," which is today properly called the "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite."
- Licit: Lawful
- Illicit: Unlawful
"...articles 12 and 13, read in their entirety, constitute therefore the regulatory charter of reference."
§ 3. For the celebration of the Eucharist in the small communities the approved liturgical books of the Roman Rite are followed, with the exception of the explicit concessions from the Holy See.
49 See Benedict XVI, (1) Speech to the Neocatechumenal Communities on January 12, 2006, in Notitiae 41 (2005), 554–556; (2) CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP, Letter of December 1, 2005 in Notitiae 41 (2005), 563–565; (3) “Notification of the Congregation for Divine Worship on celebrations in groups of the Neocatechumenal Way,” L’Osservatore Romano, December 24, 1988: “The Congregation consents that among the adaptations foreseen by the instruction “Actio Pastoralis”, nn. 6-11, the groups of the above-mentioned “Way” may receive communion under two species, always with unleavened bread, and transfer “ad experimentum” the Rite of Peace to after the Prayer of the Faithful.”
(3) Notification of the Congregation for Divine Worship on celebrations in groups of the Neocatechumenal Way,” L’Osservatore Romano, December 24, 1988:“The Congregation consents that among the adaptations foreseen by the instruction “Actio Pastoralis”, nn. 6-11, the groups of the above-mentioned “Way” may receive communion under two species, always with unleavened bread, and transfer “ad experimentum” the Rite of Peace to after the Prayer of the Faithful.”
Following the conversations with this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist in the communities of the Neocatechumenal Way, in keeping with the guidelines issued in the meeting with you on November 11 of this year, I am to inform you of the Holy Father’s decisions.
As you can see, this is Point No. 5. There are altogether 6 points. Read the document for the rest.5. 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.
"We were granted two more years...it is the first time in the history of the church that we were given permissions for the variations that is (sic) being done in the Neo Catechumenal Way, officially by the pope." (Transcript/Audio)
Returning to Article 13 of the 2008 NCW Statute, there is one more sentence in § 3:
"Regarding the distribution of Holy Communion under the two species, the neocatechumens receive it standing, remaining at their place."
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.By faithfully keeping to every Church directive, you will make your apostolate even more effective, in tune and in full communion with the Pope and the Pastors of every Diocese. And in so doing, the Lord will continue to bless you with abundant pastoral fruits.