Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Liturgy and the Neocatechumenal Way

By way of Sandro Magister, an excerpt from his piece on the Neocatechumenal Way as pertains to the sacred liturgy:

"There are other reservations about the ways in which the liturgy is celebrated in the Way.

"On December 1, 2005, cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the congregation for divine worship and the discipline of the sacraments, addressed to the heads of the Way a letter requesting six corrections.

"The most important correction concerned the manner of receiving Eucharistic communion: not seated around “a cloth-covered table placed at the center of the church ,” but either standing or kneeling after a procession to the altar, as prescribed for all the faithful by the liturgical books.

"Arinze gave two years for adoption of the correct way of receiving communion. And on January 12, 2006, at an audience with thousands of Neocatechumenals, Benedict XVI insisted that they obey.

"But as of today, in many Neocatechumenal communities all over the world, communion is still received as before, seated."

[NLM note: One would hope to see more movement in this regard, given that we are almost one quarter through the specified time limit. Let's hope and pray that this is not a case where such is ignored. We see too much of that in our day and age.]

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