Hese Readings and Prayers have been compiled for any who, in the bustle and hurry of work, have little time to select for themselves suitable passages for daily meditation and prayer. The idea when first suggested was so warmly approved of, that the scheme has been considerably enlarged, and it is hoped that the book will be found useful for Household and Family Prayers, as well as in Schools and Public Institutions, and more particularly in Hospital Wards, for which it was originally intended, where the Nurses are busy, and the Patients oftentimes too ill to attend to any but the Simplest Scripture and the shortest Prayers. Being so largely made up of extracts from Holy Scripture, it may also supply a want as a Manual of Devotion in daily Christian life where there is limited opportunity for special Bible study. For the Morning Readings, the Life of our lord jesus christ, from His Birth to His Ascension, has been arranged in historical sequence from the four Gospels. The Epistles from the Book of Common Prayer have been used as often as possible for the Evening Readings, and other appropriate passages from the Old or New Testaments, that there may be consecutive teaching as well as variety from day to day, and so as to suggest and mark the wonderful harmony of thought throughout the Whole of the Inspired Volume.