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 This classic liturgical resource is organized as follows: 
Part I. The History of the Mass 
Chapter I. The Eucharist in the First Three Centuries 
§ 1. Liturgical Fragments in the New Testament 
§ 2. The Liturgy in the Apostolic Fathers 
§ 3. The Liturgy in the Second Century 
§ 4. The Fathers of the Third Century 
§ 5. Liturgical Uniformity in the first three Centuries 
§ 6. The Liturgy in the Early Church Orders 
§ 7. The Liturgy in Apostolic Constitutions VIII 
§ 8. Some Special Points 
§ 9. Influence of Jewish Ritual 

Chapter II. The Parent Rites and Their Descendants 
§ 1. The Development of the Parent Rites 
§ 2. The Antiochene Rite 
§ 3. Liturgies derived from Antioch 
§ 4. The Alexandrine Rite 
§ 5. The Gallican Rite 
§ 6. Table of Liturgies 

Chapter III. The Origin of the Roman Rite 
§ 1. State of the Question 
§ 2. Earliest liturgical books 
§ 3. Latin as the liturgical language 
§ 4. First traces of the Roman Mass 
§ 5. Conjectured reconstructions of the old Mass 
§ 6. Bunsen’s theory 
§ 7. Probst and Bickell 
§ 8. Dom Cagin 
§ 9. W. C. Bishop 
§ 10. Dr. Baumstark 
§ 11. Dr. Buchwald 
§ 12. Dr. Drews 
§ 13. Dom Cabrol 
§ 14. Concluding remarks 

Chapter IV. The Mass Since Gregory I 
§ 1. From Gregory to Adrian I (590-795) 
§ 2. The Spread of the Roman rite 
§ 3. Gallican Influence 
§ 4. Different Kinds of Mass. Low Mass 
§ 5. Mediaeval and Later Commentators 
§ 6. Mediaeval derived rites 
§ 7. The Reform of Pius V (1570) 
§ 8. Later revisions and modern times 

Part II. The Order of the Mass 
Chapter V. The Mass of the Catechumens to the Lessons 
§ 1. Arrangements of the Parts of the Mass 
§ 2. The Introit 
§ 3. The Celebrant’s Preparation 
§ 4. First Incensing of the altar 
§ 5. Kyrie eleison 
§ 6. Gloria in Excelsis 
§ 7. Collects 

Chapter VI. The Lessons 
§ 1. The Lessons 
§ 2. Epistle 
§ 3. Gradual, Alleluia, Tract and Sequence 
§ 4. Gospel 
§ 5. Homily and Creed 

Chapter VII. The Mass of the Faithful to the Eucharistic Prayer 
§ 1. The Prayers of the Faithful 
§ 2. The Offertory Act 
§ 3. Azyme bread 
§ 4. The Offertory Chant 
§ 5. Offertory Prayers 
§ 6. The Incensing and Washing of Hands 
§ 7. Secrets 

Chapter VIII. The Canon 
§ 1. The Preface. 
§ 2. Sanctus 
§ 3. Name, Extent and general Character of the Canon 
§ 4. Te igitur to the Words of Institution 
§ 5. The Elevation 
§ 6. To the end of the Canon 

Chapter IX. The Communion 
§ 1. The Lord’s Prayer 
§ 2. Fraction, Commixture, Fermentum 
§ 3. Kiss of Peace 
§ 4. The Communion Act 
§ 5. Communion under one kind 
§ 6. Communion Prayers 
§ 7. Agnus Dei and Communion Antiphon 

Chapter X. After the Communion 
§ 1. Postcommunion and Oratio super populum 
§ 2. Dismissal 
§ 3. After the Dismissal
Adrian Fortescue, a British apologist for the Catholic faith in the early part of the 20th century, wrote this classic of clear exposition on the faith of the early Church in the papacy based upon the writings of the Church fathers until 451. No ultramontanist, Fortescue can be a keen critic of personal failings of various Popes, but he shows through his brilliant assessment of the writings of the Church fathers that the early Church had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter and a belief in the divinely given authority of the Pope in matters of faith and morals. Referring to the famous passage in Matthew 16: 18 where Jesus confers his authority upon Peter as the head of the Apostles, and the first Pope, Fortescue says that, while Christians can continue to argue about the exact meaning of that passage from Scripture, and the various standards that are used for judgments about correct Christian teaching and belief, the only possible real standard is a living authority, an authority alive in the world at this moment, that can answer your difficulties, reject a false theory as it arises and say who is right in disputed interpretations of ancient documents. Fortescue shows that the papacy actually seems to be one of the clearest and easiest dogmas to prove from the early Church. And it is his hope through this work that it will contribute to a ressourcement with regard to the office of the papacy among those in communion with the Bishop of Rome, and that it will assist those outside this communion to seek it out, confident that it is willed by Christ for all who would be joined to him in this life and in the next.
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