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MEDITATION, PRAISE, AND PRAYER, ADAPTED

TO THE COURSE OF THE CHRISTIAN YEAR. “The aim of THE DAILY ROUND is to help, day by day, in a few plain words, those who wish to know God's truth, to gain God's grace, and to do God's will. The course of the Church's Year, and the order of the Church's Services, are followed. Thus the deep things of God, the mysterious workings of grace, and the laws that claim to rule man's life, are dealt with as they come.

“ Each page has five parts: 1. Some words of Scripture. 2. A short statement of what those words mean and teach. 3. Some thoughts and reflections intended to bring home the general lesson, and make it of personal, practical use. 4. A prayer, in which what has been brought before the mind and heart is laid before God. 5. A verse of a hymn." - Preface.

THE DAILY ROUND has received the approval of the ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY (late and present), YORK, and ARMAGH ; of the BISHOPS OF LONDON (late and present), WINCHESTER, DURHAM, and nearly every other Bishop of the Church of England, Ireland, Scotland, the Colonial and American Churches, and is strongly recommended by them for general use.

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THE GOSPEL STORY: A PLAIN COMMENTARY ON THE Four HOLY GOSPELS, containing the narrative of Our Blessed Lord's Life and Ministry. By the Rev. WILLIAM MICHELL, M.A. Two volumes, fcap. 8vo. 6).

THE HOLY COMMUNION. Part I. Its Nature and Benefits. With a Notice of some Common Objections to Receiving it. Part II. An Explanation of what is Required of them who come to the Lord's Supper, in plain language. By the Rev. W. H. RIDLEY, M.A., Rector of Hambleden, Bucks, Hon. Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. Cloth, 7d.; or on fine paper, cloth, red edges, 1/-; neatly bound, 2),

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ELEVENTH WEDNESDAY AFTER TRIXITY,

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"He that had received one went and digged in the earth, and

hid his Lord's money."-ST. MATTHEW xxv. 18. E had but one talent, while others were given

more. He thought the little he could do was not worth doing. It seemed as if, in his case, his Master had not sown, and had no claim to reap. He shrank from the hard work needed to make the most of his small gifts. His lowly tasks seemed to promise little honour He gave himself to earthly toil, and wilfully and sullenly hid the God-given talent of light and grace. He pleaded fear of his Lord's hardness; but true fear would have roused to careful work. What he failed to improve was taken away. He was cast out as "wicked and slothful."

, lowly; I may have to work harder than others, and yet seem to do less for God. But God knows what I have from Him, and will ask only for the fruit of that. He looks not to the worth of what is done, but to the spirit in which I do it. He is no hard, grasping Master. He gives me the work and the help which are best for me and for His cause. Though I seem last in privilege, I may be first in faithfulness. I am “wicked and slothful" if I grudge others their larger talents, and have hard thoughts of God, and, in slavish fear of failure, will not make the most of what is mine. Have I been slothful, hiding what I was given to use for God, “digging in the earth," toiling only for time? Have I, perhaps, wickedly turned my talents to evil uses ? Let me labour no more against the grace that stirs and strengthens me for holy work. Let me act with it, and in hope and love do what I can, where I can, as well as I can, So I can trust my work and myself to God, O ,

I be unprofitable. Grant me, with glad will, and true heart, and sure hope, to use all my gifts well for Thee, Time was I shrank from what was right, from fear of what was wrong;

(strong; I would not brave the sacred fight, because the foe was But now I cast that finer sense and sorer shame aside: Such dread of sin was indolence, such

aim at heaven was pridera

THE BOOK

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PRIVATE PRAYER

PART I
SHORT FORMS OF DAILY PRAYER

Essued by Direction of the Lower House of Convocation

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THE PREFACE.

FORASMUCH as it is the duty of all men,

clearly set forth in Holy Scripture, to pray without ceasing, it hath been thought good by the Lower House of the Convocation of Canterbury to prepare two Books of Private Prayer, one arranged for use seven times a day, the other twice daily. But the forms contained in these Books being somewhat long, and not well suited for the use of those whose time is much ocoupied, some of the shortest of the prayers therein contained are here set forth: not to take the place of the devout utterances of pious souls, or to be a burden upon any; but rather to help such as desire to use them to pray heartily and earnestly, and thus to learn to commune with God.

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