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among you that feareth the Lord, they cried out the more exceedthat obeyeth the voice of his servant, ingly, Crucify him. And so Pithat walketh in darkness, and hath late, willing to content the people, no light? let him trust in the name released Barabbas unto them; of the Lord, and stay upon his God. and delivered Jesus, when he had Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, scourged him, to be crucified. that compass yourselves about with And the soldiers led him away insparks; walk in the light of your to the hall, called Pretorium; and fire, and in the sparks that ye have they called together the whole band. kindled. This shall ye have of mine And they clothed him with purple, hand, ye shall lie down in sorrow. and platted a crown of thorns, and The Gospel. St. Mark xv. 1. put it about his head, and began to ND straightway in the morn- salute him, Hail, King of the Jews.

ing, the chief priests held a And they smote him on the head consultation with the elders and with a reed, and did spit upon him, scribes, and the whole council, and and bowing their knees worshipped bound Jesus,and carried him away, him. And when they had mocked and delivered him to Pilate. And Pi- him they took off the purple from late asked him, Art thou the king of him,and put his own clothes on him, the Jews? And he answering said and led him out to crucify him. unto him, Thou sayest it. And the And they compel one Simon, a Cychief priests accused him of many renian, who passed by, coming out things: but he answered nothing. of the country, the father of AlexAnd Pilate asked him again, say- ander and Rufus, to bear his cross. ing, Answerest thou nothing? be- And they bring him unto the place, hold how many things they witness Golgotha,which is, being interpretagainst thee. But Jesus yet an-ed, the place of a skull. And they swered nothing: so that Pilate gave him to drink wine mingled marvelled. Now at that feast he with myrrh; but he received it not. released unto them. one prisoner, And when they had crucified him, whomsoever they desired. And they parted his garments, casting there was one named Barabbas, lots upon them, what every man which lay bound with them that should take. And it was the third had made insurrection with him, hour, and they crucified him. And who had committed murder in the the superscription of his accusation insurrection. And the multitude, was written over, THE KING OF crying aloud, began to desire him |THEJEWS. And with him they to do as he had ever done unto crucify two thieves; the one on his them. But Pilate answered them, right hand, and the other on his left. saying, Will ye that I release untó And the scripture was fulfilled, you the King of the Jews? (For he which saith, And he was numberknew that the chief priests had de-ed with the transgressors. And they livered him for envy.) But the chief that passed by railed on him, wagpriests moved the people, that he ging their heads, and saying, Ah, should rather release Barabbas un-thou that destroyest the temple, to them. And Pilate answered, and and buildest it in three days, save said again unto them, What will thyself, and come down from the ye then that I shall do unto him cross. Likewise also the chief whom yecall the King of the Jews?priests mocking, said among themAnd they cried out again, Crucify selves, with the scribes, He saved him. Then Pilate said unto them, others, himself he cannot save. Let Why, what evil hath he done? And Christ the King of Israel descend



now from the cross, that we may no remission. It was therefore nesee and believe. And they that were cessary that the patterns of things crucified with him reviled him. in the heavens should be purified And when the sixth hour was come, with these; but the heavenly things there was darkness over the whole themselves with better sacrifices land, until the ninth hour. And at than these. For Christ is not enthe ninth hour, Jesus cried with a tered into the holy places made loud voice, saying, Eloi, 'Eloi, lama with hands, which are the figures sabachthani? which is, being in- of the true; but into heaven itself, terpreted, My God, my God, why now to appear in the presence of hast thou forsaken me? And some God for us: nor yet that he should of them that stood by, when they offer himself often, as the high heard it, said, Behold, he calleth priest entereth into the holy place Elias. And one ran and filled a every year with blood of others : spunge full of vinegar, and put it on (for then must he often have sufa reed, and gave him to drink, say-fered since the foundation of the ing, Let alone; let us see whether world) but now once, in the end Elias will come to take him down. of the world, hath he appeared to And Jesus cried with a loud voice, put away sin by the sacrifice of and gave up the ghost. And the himself. And as it is appointed vail of the temple was rent in twain, unto men once to die, but after this from the top to the bottom. And the judgment : so Christ was once when the Centurion, which stood offered to bear the sins of many ; over against him, saw that he so and unto them that look for him cried out, and gave up the ghost, shall he appear the second time, he said, Truly this man was the without sin, unto salvation. Son of God.

The Gospel. St. Luke xxü. 1.

TOW the feast of unleavenWednesday before Easter.

is The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16. called the Passover. And the chief W THERE a testament is, there priests and scribes sought how they

must also of necessity be the might kill him; for they feared the death of the testator: for a testa-people. Then entered Satan into ment is of force after men are dead; Judas, surnamed Iscariot, being of otherwise it is of no strength at all, the number of the twelve. And he whilst the testator liveth. Where-went his way, and communed with upon, neither the first testament the chief priests and captains how was dedicated without blood. For he might betray him unto them. when Moses had spoken every pre- And they were glad, and covenantcept to all the people, according to ed to give him money. And he the law, he took the blood of calves promised, and sought opportunity and of goats, with water, and scarlet to betray him unto them in the abwool, and hyssop, and sprinkled sence of the multitude. Then both the book, and all the people, came the day of unleavened bread, saying, This is the blood of the tes- when the passover must be killed. tament which God hath enjoined And he sent Peter and John, sayunto you. Moreover, he sprinkleding, Go, and prepare us the passlikewise with blood both the ta- over, that we may eat. And they bernacle, and all the vessels of the said unto him, Where wilt thou ministry. And almost all things that we prepare ? And he said unare by the law purged with blood; to them, Behold, when ye are enand without shedding of blood is tered into the city, there shall a

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man meet you bearing a pitcher of the younger; and he that is chief, water ; follow him into the house as he that doth serve. For whethwhere he entereth in. And ye er is greater, he that sitteth at meat, shall say unto the good man of the or he that serveth? is not he that house, The Master saith unto thee, sitteth at meat ? But I am among Where is the guest-chamber, where you as he that serveth. Ye are I shall eat the passover with my they which have continued with disciples ? And he shall show you me in my temptations. And I apa large upper room furnished : point unto you a kingdom, as my there make ready. And they went Father hath appointed unto me: and found as he had said unto that ye may eat and drink at my them; and they made ready the table in my kingdom, and sit on passover. And when the hour thrones, judging the twelve tribes was come, he sat down, and the of Israel. And the Lord said, Sitwelve Apostles with him. And mon, Simon, behold, Satan hath he said unto them, with desire I desired to have you, that he may have desired to eat this passover sift you as wheat: but I have praywith you before I suffer. For I say ed for thee, that thy faith fail unto you, I will not any more eat not; and when thou art converted, thereof, until it be fulfilled in the strengthen thy brethren. And he kingdom of God. And he took the said unto him, Lord, I am ready cup, and gave thanks, and said, to go with thee both into prison Take this, and divide it among and to death. And he said, I tell yourselves. For I say unto you, I thee, Peter, the cock shall not will not drink of the fruit of the crow this day, before that thou vine, until the kingdom of God shalt thrice deny that thou knowshall come.

And he took bread, est me. And he said unto them, and gave thanks, and brake it, and When I sent you without purse, gave unto them, saying, This is and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye my body, which is given for you: any thing? And they said, Nothing. this do in remembrance of me. Then said he unto them, But now Likewise also the cup after sup- he that hath a purse, let him take per, saying, This cup is the new it, and likewise his scrip: and he testament in my blood, which is that hath no sword, let him sell his shed for you. But behold, the garment and buy one. hand of him that betrayeth me is unto you, that this that is written with me on the table. And truly must yet be accomplished in me, the Son of man goeth as it was And he was reckoned among the determined ; but woe unto that transgressors : for the things conman by whom he is betrayed. And cerning me have an end. And they began to inquire among them- they said, Lord, behold, here are selves, which of them it was that two swords. And he said unto should do this thing. And there them, It is enough. And he came was also a strife among them, out, and went, as he was wont, to which of them should be account the mount of Olives; and his dised the greatest

. And he said unto ciples also followed him. And them, The kings of the Gentiles when he was at the place, he said exercise lordship over them; and unto them, Pray that ye enter not they that exercise authority upon into temptation. And he was withthem are called benefactors. But drawn from them about a stone's ye shall not be so: but he that is cast, and kneeled down, and praygreatest among you, let him be as led, saying, Father, if thou be wil

For I say

ling, remove this cup from me: said, Man, I am not. And about the
nevertheless, not my will, but thine space of one hour after another con-
be done. And there appeared an fidently affirmed, saying, Ofa truth,
angel unto him from heaven, this fellow also was with him; for he
strengthening him. And being in is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man,
an agony, he prayed more ear-I know not what thou sayest. And
nestly; and his sweat was as it immediately, while he yet spake,
were great drops of blood falling the cock crew. And the Lord turn-
down to the ground. And when ed, and looked upon Peter; and Pe-
he rose up from prayer, and was ter remembered the word of the
come to his disciples, he found them Lord, how he had said unto him,
sleeping for sorrow; and said un- Before the cock crow, thou shalt
to them, Why sleep ye? rise and deny me thrice. And Peter went
pray, lest ye enter into temptation. Out and wept bitterly. And the men
And while he yet spake, behold, that held Jesus, mocked him, and
a multitude, and he that was call-smote him. And when they had
ed Judas, one of the twelve, went blindfolded him, they struck him
before them, and drew near unto on the face, and asked him, say-
Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said ing, Prophesy, who is it that smote
unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the thee? And many other things blas-
Son of man with a kiss ? When phemously spake they against him.
they which were about him saw And, as soon as it was day, the el-
what would follow, they said unto ders of the people, and the chief
him, Lord, shall we smite with the priests, and the scribes, came to-
sword? and one of them smote the gether, and led him into their coun-
servant of the high priest, and cut offcil, saying, Art thou the Christ?
his right ear. And Jesus answered Tell us. And he said unto them,
and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he If I tell you, ye will not believe:
touched' his ear, and healed him. And if I also ask you, ye will not
Then Jesus said unto the chief answer me, nor let me go. Here-
priests and captains of the temple, after shall the Son of man sit on
and the elders which were come to the right hand of the power of
him, Be ye come out as against a God. Then said they all, Art thou
thief, with swords and staves ? then the Son of God? And he said
When I was daily with you in the unto them, Ye say that I am. And
temple, ye stretched forth no hands they said, What need we any fur-
against me: but this is your hour, ther witness? for we ourselves
and the power of darkness. Then have heard of his own mouth.
took they him, and led him, and
brought him into the high priest's

Thursday before Easter. house. And Peter followed afar off. The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17. And when they had kindleda fire in In this that I declare unto you,

N midst of were set down together, Peter sat down together not for the better, but for among them. But a certain maid the worse. For first of all, when beheld him, as he sat by the fire, and ye come together in the Church, I earnestly looked upon him and said, hear that there be divisions among This man was also with him. And you; and I partly believe it. For he denied him, saying, Woman, I there must be also heresies among know him not. Ånd after a little you, that they which are approved while another saw him, and said, may be made manifest among you. Thou art also of them. And Peter When ye come together therefore


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into one place, this is not to eat the And they began to accuse him, sayLord's Supper. For, in eating, ing, We found this fellow pervertevery one taketh before other his ing the nation, and forbidding to own supper: and one is hungry, and give tribute to Cæsar, saying, that another is drunken. What, have he himself is Christ a king. And ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou or despise ye the Church of God, the King of the Jews? And he anand shame them that have not swered him, and said, Thou sayest What shall I say to you? shall I it. Then said Pilate to the chief praise you in this? I praise you not. priests and to the people, I find no For I have received of the Lord fault in this man. And they were that which also I delivered unto the more fierce, saying, He stirreth you, That the Lord Jesus, the same up the people, teaching throughout night in which he was betrayed, all Jewry, beginning from Galilee took bread; and when he had given to this place. When Pilate heard thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, of Galilee, he asked whether the eat; this is my body, which is bro-man were a Galilean. And as soon ken for you: this do in remembrance as he knew that he belonged unto of me. After the same manner also Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him he took the cup, when he had sup-to Herod, who himself was also at ped, saying, This cup is the new Jerusalem at that time. And when testament in my blood: this do ye, Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance glad; for he was desirous to see of me. For as often as ye eat this him of a long season, because he had bread, and drink this cup, ye do heard many things of him; and he show the Lord's death till he come. hoped to have seen some miracle Wherefore,whosoever shall eat this done by him. Then he questioned bread, and drink this cup of the with him in many words; but he Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of answered him nothing. And the the body and blood of the Lord. chief priests and scribes stood and But let a man examine himself, and vehemently accused him. And so let him eat of that bread, and Herod with his men of war set him drink of that cup. For he that eateth at nought, and mocked him, and arand drinketh unworthily eateth and rayed him in a gorgeous robe, and drinketh damnation to himself, not sent him again to Pilate. And the discerning the Lord's body. For same day Pilate and Herod were this cause many are weak and sick-made friends together; for before, ly among you, and many sleep. For they were at enmity between themif we would judge ourselves, we selves. And Pilate, when he had should not be judged. But when called together the chief priests, we are judged, we are chastened of and the rulers, and the people, said the Lord that we should not be con- unto them, Ye have brought this demned with the world. Where-man unto me, as one that pervertfore, my brethren,when ye come to-eth the people: and behold, 1, hav. gether to eat, tarry one for another. ing examined him before you, have And if any man hunger, let him eat found no fault in this man, touching at home; that ye come not together those things whereof ye accuse unto condemnation. And the rest him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent will I set in order when I come. you to him; and lo, nothing wor. The Gospel. St. Luke xxiii. 1. thy of death is done unto him. I T.

HE whole multitude of them will therefore chastise him, and arose, and led him unto Pilate.Trelease him. (For of necessity he


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