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It is not lawful for to put them in-led Christ? They all say unto him, to the treasury, because it is the Let him be crucified. And the price of blood. And they took governor said, Why, what evil counsel, and bought with them the hath he done? But they cried out potter's field to bury strangers in. the more, saying, Let him be cruWherefore that field was called, cified. When Pilate saw that he The field of blood, unto this day. could prevail nothing, but that (Then was fulfilled that which was rather a tumult was made, he took spoken by Jeremy the prophet, water, and washed his hands besaying, And they took the thirty fore the multitude, saying, I am pieces of silver, the price of him innocent of the blood of this just that was valued, whom they of person : see ye to it. Then anthe children of Israel did value, and swered all the people, and said, gave them for the potter's field, as His blood be on us, and on our the Lord appointed me.) And Je- children. Then released he Basus stood before the governor ; rabbas unto them: and when he and the governor asked him, say- had scourged Jesus, he delivered ing, Art thou the king of the Jews him to be crucified. Then the solAnd Jesus said unto him, Thou say- diers of the governor took Jesus est. And when he was accused of into the common-hall, and gatherthe chief priests and elders, he an- ed unto him the whole band of solswered nothing. Then saith Pilate diers. And they stripped him, and unto him, Hearest thou not how put on him a scarlet robe. And many things they witness against when they had platted a crown of thee? And he answered him to thorns, they put it upon his head, never a word, insomuch that the and a reed in his right hand; and governor marvelled greatly. Now they bowed the knee before him, at that feast the governor was wont and mocked him, saying, Hail, to release unto the people a prison- King of the Jews! And they spit er, whom they would. And they upon him, and took the reed and had then a notable prisoner, called smote him on the head. And afBarabbas. Therefore, when they ter that they had mocked him, were gathered together, Pilate said they took the robe off from him, unto them, Whom will ye that 1 and put his own raiment on him release unto you? Barabbas, or Je- and led him away to crucify him. sus, which is called Christ? For he And as they came out, they found knew that for envy they had deliv- a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; ered him. When he was set down him they compelled to bear his on the judgment-seat, his wife sent cross. And when they were come unto him, saying, Have thou noth-Junto a place called Golgotha, that ing to do with that just man; for is to say, a place of a skull, they I have suffered many things this gave him vinegar to drink minday in a dream because of him. gled with gall; and when he had But the chief priests and elders tasted thereof, he would not drink. persuaded the multitude that they And they crucified him, and partshould ask Barabbas, and destroyed his garments, casting lots: that Jesus. The governor answered it might be fulfilled, which was and said unto them, Whether of spoken by the prophet, They partthe twain will ye that I release ed my garments among them, and unto you? They said, Barabbas. upon my vesture did they cast lots. Pilate saith unto them, what shall And sitting down, they watched I do then with Jesus, which is call-'him there; and set up over his head


his accusation written, THIS IS those things that were done, they
JESUS THE KING OF THE feared greatly, saying, Truly this
JEWS. Then were there two was the Son of God.
thieves crucified with him, one on
the right hand, and another on the Monday before Easter.
left. And they that passed by re- For the Epistle. Isaiah lxii. 1.

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Edom, with dyed garments the temple, and buildest it in three from Bozrah? this that is glorious days, save thyself: If thou be the in his apparel, travelling in the Son of God, come down from the greatness of his strength ?. I that

Likewise also the chief speak in righteousness, mighty to priests, mocking him, with the save. Wherefore art thou red in scribes and elders, said, He saved thine apparel, and thy garments others, himself he cannot save : If like him that treadeth in the winehe be the King of Israel, let him fat? I have trodden the wine-press now come down from the cross, alone, and of the people there was and we will believe him. He none with me: for I will tread trusted in God; let him deliver them in mine anger, and trample him now, if he will have him: for them in my fury, and their blood he said, I am the Son of God. The shall be sprinkled upon iny garthieves also which were crucified ments, and I will stain all my raiwith him, cast the same in his teeth. ment. For the day of vengeance Now from the sixth hour there was is in mine heart, and the year of darkness over all the land, unto the my redeemed is come. And I ninth hour. And about the ninth looked, and there was none to hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, help; and I wondered that there saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? was none to uphold: therefore that is to say, My God, my God, mine own arm brought salvation why hast thou forsaken me? Some unto me; and my fury it upheld of them that stood there, when they me. And I will tread down the heard that, said, This man calleth people in mine anger, and make for Elias. And straightway one of them drunk in my fury, and I will them ran, and took a spụnge, and bring down their strength to the filled it with vinegar, and put it on earth. I will mention the loving a reed, and gave him to drink. The kindnesses of the Lord, and the rest said, Let be, let us see whether praises of the Lord, according to Elias will come to save him. Jesus, all that the Lord hath bestowed when he had cried again with a loud on us, and the great goodness tovoice, yielded up the ghost. And wards the house of Israel, which behold, the vail of the temple was he hath bestowed on them, acrent in twain, from the top to the cording to his mercies, and acbottom; and the earth did quake, cording to the multitude of his and the rocks rent; and the graves loving kindnesses. For he said, were opened ; and many bodies of Surely they are my people, chilsaints which slept, arose, and came dren that will not lie: So he was out of the graves after his resur- their Saviour. In all their afflicrection, and went into the holy tion he was afflicted, and the ancity, and appeared unto many. gel of his presence saved them: in Now when the Centurion, and his love and in his pity he redeemed they that were with him watching them, and he bare them, and carried Jesus, saw the earthquake, and them all the days of old. But they


MONDAY BEFORE EASTER. rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: the leper, as he sat at meat, there therefore he was turned to be their came a woman having an alabasenemy, and he fought against them. ter box of ointment of spikenard, Then he remembered the days of very precious; and she brake the old, Moses and his people, saying, box, and poured it on his head. Where is he that brought them up And there were some that had inout of the sea, with the shepherd dignation within themselves, and of his flock? Where is he that put said, Why was this waste of the his Holy Spirit within him ? that ointment made ? for it might have led them by the right hand of Mo-been sold for more than three hunses, with his glorious arm dividing dred pence, and have been given the water before them, to make to the poor. And they murmured himself an everlasting name? That against her. And Jesus said, Let led them through the deep as an her alone : why trouble ye her? horse in the wilderness, that they she hath wrought a good work on should not stumble? As a beast me: For ye have the poor with goeth down into the valley, the you always, and whensoever ye spirit of the Lord caused him to will, ye may do them good; but rest: so didst thou lead thy people, me ye have not always. She hath to make thyself a glorious name. done what she could; she is come

; Look down from heaven, and be- aforehand to anoint my body to hold from the habitation of thy the burying. Verily I say unto holiness, and of thy glory: Where you, Wheresoever this gospel shall is thy zeal, and thy strength, the be preached throughout the whole sounding of thy bowels, and of thy world, this also that she hath done mercies towards me ? are they re- shall be spoken of, for a memoristrained ? Doubtless thou art our al of her. And Judas Iscariot, Father, though Abraham be igno- one of the twelve, went unto the rant of us, and Israel acknowledge chief priests, to betray him unto us not : thou, O Lord, art our Fa-them. And when they heard it, ther, our Redeemer; thy name is they were glad, and promised to from everlasting. O Lord, why give him money. And he sought hast thou made us to err from thy how he might conveniently betray ways, and hardened our heart from him. And the first day of unleathy fear? Return, for thy servants' vened bread, when they killed the sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. passover, his disciples said unto The people of thy holiness have him, Where wilt thou that we go possessed it but a little while: our and prepare, that thou mayest eat adversaries have trodden down thy the passover ? And he sendeth sanctuary. We are thine: thou forth two of his disciples, and never barest rule over them; they saith unto them, Go ye into the were not called by thy name. city; and there shall meet you a The Gospel. St. Mark xiv. 1. man bearing a pitcher of water :

FTER two days was the feast follow him. And wheresoever he

of the Passover, and of unlea- shall go in, say ye to the good man vened bread : and the chief priests of the house, The Master saith, and the scribes sought how they Where is the guest-chamber, might take him by craft, and put where I shall eat the passover him to death. But they said, Not with my disciples ? And he will on the feast day, lest there be an show you a large upper room furuproar of the people. And being nished and prepared : there make in Bethany, in the house of Simon ready for us. “And his disciples


went forth, and came into the city, saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, and found as he had said unto while I shall pray. And he taketh them: and they made ready the with him Peter, and James, and passover. And in the evening he John, and began to be sore amazed, cometh with the twelve. And as and to be very heavy; and saith they sat, and did eat, Jesus said, unto them, My soul is exceeding Verily I say unto you, one of you sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here which eateth with me shall betray and watch. And he went forward me. And they began to be sorrow a little, and fell on the ground, and ful, and to say unto him one by prayed, that, if it were possible, the one, Is it I ? And another said, Is hour might pass from him. And it I? And he answered and said he said, Abba, Father, all things unto them, It is one of the twelve are possible unto thee: take away that dippeth with me in the dish. this cup from me: nevertheless, The Son of man indeed goeth, as it not what I will, but what thou wilt. is written of him : but woe to that And he cometh, and findeth them man by whom the Son of man is sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Sibetrayed: good were it for that mon, sleepest thou ? couldest not man if he had never been born. thou watch one hour ? Watch ye, And as they did eat, Jesus took and pray, lest ye enter into tempbread, and blessed, and brake it, tation; the spirit truly is ready, but and gave to them, and said, 'Take, the flesh is weak. And again he eat: this is my body. And he took went away, and prayed, and spake the cup, and when he had given the same words. And when he rethanks, he gave it to them: and turned, he found them asleep again they all drank of it. And he said (for their eyes were heavy); neiunto them, This is my blood of the ther wist they what to answer him. new testament, which is shed for And he cometh the third time, and many. Verily I say unto you, I saith unto them, Sleep on now, and will drink no more of the fruit of take your rest : it is enough, the the vine until that day that I drink hour is come ; behold, the Son of it new in the kingdom of God. And man is betrayed into the hands of when they had sung an hymn, they sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he went out into the mount of Olives. that betrayeth me is at hand. And And Jesus saith unto them, All ye immediately, while he yet spake, shall be offended because of me cometh Judas, one of the twelve, this night: for it is written, I will and with him a great multitude, smite the shepherd, and the sheep with swords and staves, from the shall be scattered. But after that chief priests, and the scribes, and I am risen, I will go before you into the elders. And he that betrayed Galilee. But Peter said unto him, him had given them a token, sayAlthough all shall be offended, yet ing, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that will not I. And Jesus saith unto same is he ; take him and lead him him, Verily I say unto thee, that away safely. And as soon as he this day, even in this night, before was come, he goeth straightway to the cock crow twice, thou shalt him, and saith, Master, Master; deny me thrice. But he spake the and kissed him. And they laid more vehemently, If I should die their hands on him, and took him. with thee, I will not deny thee in And one of them that stood by drew any wise. Likewise also said they a sword, and smote a servant of the all. And they came to a place which high priest, and cut off his ear. And was named Gethsemane: and he Jesus answered and said unto them,

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Are ye come out as against a thief, sto say unto him, Prophesy. And with swords and with staves, to the servants did strike him with take me? I was daily with you in the palms of their hands. And as the temple, teaching, and ye took Peter was beneath in the palace, me not; but the scriptures must be there cometh one of the maids of fulfilled. And they all forsook him, the high priest ; and when she saw and Aed. And there followed him Peter warming himself, she looked a certain young man, having a linen upon him, and said, And thou also cloth cast about his naked body : Iwast with Jesus of Nazareth. But and the young men laid hold on him. he denied, saying, I know not, neiAnd he left the linen cloth, and ther understand I what thou sayest. fled from them naked. And they And he went out into the porch ;

. led Jesus away to the high priest: and the cock crew. And a maid and with him were assembled all saw him again, and began to say to the chief priests, and the elders, them that stood by, This is one of and the scribes. And Peter follow-them. And he denied it again. ed him afar off, even into the palace And a little after, they that stood of the high priest: and he sat with by said again to Peter, Surely thou the servants, and warmed himself art one of them; for thou art a at the fire. And the chief priests, Galilean, and thy speech agreeth and all the council, sought for wit- thereto. But he began to curse ness against Jesus to put him to and to swear, saying, I know not death; and found none. (For many this man of whom ye speak. And bare false witness against him, but the second time the cock crew. their witness agreed not together.) And Peter called to mind the word And there arose certain, and bare that Jesus said unto him, Before false witness against him, saying, the cock crow twice, thou shalt We heard him say, I will destroy deny me thrice. And when he this temple that is made with hands, thought thereon he wept. and within three days I will build another made without hands. But

Tuesday before Easter. neither so did their witness agree

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I was saying, Answerest thou nothing ? bellious, neither turned away back. what is it which these witness I gave my back to the smiters, and against thee? But he held his peace, my cheeks to them that plucked and answered nothing. Again off the hair : I hid not my face the high priest asked him, and from shame and spitting. For the said unto him, Art thou the Christ, Lord God will help me, therefore the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus shall I not be confounded; theresaid, I am: and ye shall see the Son fore have I set my face like a flint, of man sitting on the right hand of and I know that I shall not be power, and coming in the clouds of ashamed. He is near that justifiheaven. Then the high priest rent eth me; who will contend with his clothes, and saith, What need me? let us stand together; who we any further witnesses ? ye have is mine adversary? let him come heard the blasphemy: what think near to me. Behold, the Lord ye? And they all condemned him God will help me; who is he that to be guilty of death. And some shall condemn me? Lo, they all began to spit on him, and to co- shall wax old as a garment: the ver his face, and to buffet him, and moth shall eat them up. Who is

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