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twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him. And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the pass. over, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover ? And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city; and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the good man of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples 2 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared : there make ready for us. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them : and they made ready the passover. And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. And as they sat, and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, one of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowsul, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I ? And another said, Is it s 2 And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve that dippeth with me in the disil. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him : but woe to that man by whom the son of man is
took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new Testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offend. ed because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shep. herd, and the sheep shall be scat. tered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, We. rily I say unto thee, that this day, even in this night, before thé cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, Is I should die with thee, l will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. Ai.d they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye hero, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John,and began to be soreamazed, and to be very heavy; and sai
unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the
ground,and prayed, that,if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father
betrayed: good were it for that all things are possible unto thee; man if he had never been born.jtake away this cup from me; And as they did eat, Jesus took'nevertheléss, not what I will, bul bread, and blessed, and brake it, what thou wilt. And he cometh and gave to them, and said, Take, and findeth them sleeping, and eat : this is my body. And is in unto Peter, Simon, sleepes
thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye, and pray, lest ye enter into temptation; the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. Andagain he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. And when he returned, he found them asleep again (for their eyes were heavy); neither wist they what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come ; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, letus go;lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately, while heyet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude, with swords and staves, from the chief priest, and the scribes, and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever Ishall kiss, that same is he ; take him and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was coine, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, Master; and kissed him, . And they laid their hands on him, and took him And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out as against a thies, with swords and with staves, to take me I was daily with you in the temple, teaching, and ye took me not : t the Scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed in a certain young man, having Šlinen cloth cast about his naked ; and the young men laid on him. And he left the linen
cloth, and fled from them naked. And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests, and the elders, and the scribes. And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire. And the chief priests, and all the council, sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. (For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.) And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands But neither so did their witness agree together. And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed ? And Jesus said, I am : and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses 2 ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye: And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And some began to spit on him. and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy. And the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath
in the palace, there cometh one
Tuesday before Easter.
HE Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be con. founded; therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together; who is mine adversary 2 let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who
is he that shall condemn me? Lo,
they all shall wax old as a go a ment: the moth shall eat thern up. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyet F. the voice of his servant, tha walketh in darkness, and hat. It no light? let him trust in the e name of the Lord, and stay upo = his God. Behold, all ye thatkira dle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks; walk in the
light of your fire, and in the spark =
that ye have kindled. This shał 1 ye have of mine hand, ye shat! lie down in sorrow.
The Gospel. St. Mark, xv. 1,
ND straightway in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pi. late. And Filate asked him, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he, answering, said unto him,Thou sayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered notbing. And Pi: late asked him again, saying, An: swerest thou nothing f behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet an: swered nothing: so that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the mul.
the chief priests had delivered and they crucified him. And the him for envy.) But the chief superscription of his accusation riests moved the people, that was written over, THE KING
#. should rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate answered, and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them ; and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Pretorium ; and they called together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews. And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they rompel one Simon, a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, the place of a skull. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh; but he received it not. And when they had crucified him, they parted
garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour,
OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucify two thieves ; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking, said among themselves, with the scribes, He saved others, himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land, until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani 2 which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood hy, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us sce whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the vail of the
temple was rent in twain, from
the top to the bottom. And when the Centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Wednesday before Easter.
HERE a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator; for a testament is of force after men are dead; otheswise it is of no strength at ali, whilst the testator liveth. Whereupon, neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people, according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people. saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover, he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these ; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true ; but into heaven it. self, now to appear in the presence of God for us: nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others: (for then must he of. ten have suffered since the foundation of the world), but now once, in the end of the world, hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation. The Gospel. , St Luke, xxii. 1. Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him ; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas, Surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and cove: manted to give him money. An he promised, and sought oppor: tunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. Then came the day of unleaven. ed bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go, and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that We prepare 2 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the good man of the house, The Master saith unto thee.Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. . And they went and found as he had said unto them ; and they made ready the passover. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and
twelve Apostles with him. And