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Ir is with great diffidence that the Author of the following work presents it to the public: but if it tend in any degree to excite pure and pious sentiment in the mind of the sincere Christian, or induce others to think that there is more in religion than the name, he will feel grateful to a good God who has permitted him at a late period of life to confirm his own faith by promoting the spiritual benefit of his fellow-creatures. The plan of our invaluable Liturgy has been followed in the arrangement; and if the writer should have diffused even a portion of its spirit into his Contemplations on the Holy Seasons of the Church, he will have accomplished more than he dared venture to expect. We well know the value of "Nelson's Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England." The present attempt is to promote pious family-reading, upon this principle. "Where
fore," in the words of an apostle, (2 Pet. i. 12.) “I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth."