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a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water ; him follow into the same house that 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 shew you a great parlour paved; 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 the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, I have inwardly desired to eat this passover with you before that I suffer: for I say unto you, Henceforth I will not eat of it any more, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among you. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of f the vine, until the kingdom of God come.
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body, which is given for you: this do in the remembrance of me. Likewise also when he had supped, he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Yet behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth as it is appointed; but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed. And they began to inquire among themselves which of them it was that should do it. And there was a strife among them, which of them should seem to be greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of nations reign over them, and they that have authority upon them hare called gracious lords. But ye shall i not be so: but he that is greatest among you, shall be as the younger; and he that is chief, shall be as he that doth minister. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? bis not he that sitteth at meat ? But I am among you as he that ministereth. Ye are they which have bidden with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed to me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to sift you, as it were wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strength thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee into prison and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, till thou have thrice denied that thou knowest me. And he said unto them, When I sent you without wallet, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, No. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a wallet, let him take it up, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his coat, and buy one. For I say unto you, That yet the same which is written must be performed in me, Even among the wicked was he reputed: for those things which are written of me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough. And he came out, and went (as he was wont) to mount Olivet, and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said unto them, Pray, lest ye fall into temptation. And he gat himself from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down and prayed, saying, Father, if thou wilt, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be fulfilled. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, comforting him. And he was in an agony, and prayed the longer ; and his sweat was like drops of blood trickling down to the ground. And when he arose from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for heaviness, and he said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye fall into temptation. While he yet spake, behold, there came a company, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and pressed nigh unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote a servant mof the high priest, and struck off his right ear. Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far forth. And when he touched his ear, he healed him. Then Jesus said unto the high priests, and rulers of the temple, and the elders which were come to him, Ye be come out as unto a thief, with swords and staves. When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is even your very hour, and the power of darkness. Then took they him, and led him, and brought him to the high priest's house: but Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the palace, and were set down together, Peter also sat down among them. But when one of the wenches beheld him, as he I denied me thrice that 1552.
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sat by the fire, (and looked upon him,) she said, This same fellow was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of an hour after, another affirmed, saying, Verily this fellow was with him also; for he is of Galilee. And Peter said, Man, I wot not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned back, and looked upon Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. And the men that took Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Aread, mwho is it that smote thee? And many other things despitefully said they against him. And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people, and the high priests, and scribes, came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou very Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe me: and if I ask you, you will not "answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God ? He said, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we of any further witness ? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth,
The First Lesson, Lamentations i. unto
Thursday before Easter.
The First Lesson, Lamentations ii. unto
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. This I warn you of, and commend not, that ye come not together after a better manner, but after a worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the congregation, I hear that there is dissension among you, and I partly believe it. For there must be sects among you, that they which are perfect among you may m who is he that 1552.
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be known. When ye come together therefore into one place, the Lord's supper cannot be eaten: for every man beginneth afore to eat his own supper ; and one is hungry, and another is drunken. Have ye not houses to eat and drink in? despise ye the congregation of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say unto you? shall I praise you? In this I praise you not. That which I delivered unto you I received of the Lord. For the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take ye, and eat; this is my body, which is broken for you : this do ye in the remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup when supper was done, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood : this do, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye shall eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye shall shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore, whosoever shall eat of this bread, Por drink of the cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh his own damnation, because he maketh no difference of the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we had judged ourselves, we should not have been judged. But when we are judged of the Lord, we are chastened, that we should not be damned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. If any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. Other things will I set in order when I come.
The Gospel. Luke xxiii. The whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the people, and forbidding to pay tribute to Cæsar, saying, That he is Christ a King. And Pilate apposed him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews ? He answered him, and said, Thou sayest it. Then said Pilate to the high priests, and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He moveth the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, and began at Galilee, even to this place. When Pilate heard mention of Galilee, he asked whether the man were of Galilee. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, which was also at Jerusalem at that time. And when Herod saw Jesus he was exceeding glad; for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him, and he trusted to have seen 4some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him many words; but he answered him nothing. The high priests and scribes stood forth and accused him straightly. And Herod with his men of war despised him: and when he had mocked him he arrayed him in white clothing, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together; for before they were at variance. And Pilate called together the high priests, and the rulers, and the people, and said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people : and, behold, I examine him before you, and find no fault in this man of those things whereof ye accuse him, no, nor yet Herod : for I sent you unto him ; and lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chasten him and let him loose. For of necessity he must have let one loose runto them at that feast. And all the people cried at once, saying, Away with him, and deliver us Barabbas: (which for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for a murder, was cast sin prison.) Pilate spake again unto them, willing to let Jesus loose. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. He said unto them the third time, What evil hath he done? I find no cause of death in him: I will therefore chasten him, and let him go. And they cried with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified: and the voices of them and of the high priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he let loose unto them him that (for insurrection and murder) was cast into prison, whom they had desired ; and he delivered to them Jesus, to do with him what they would. And as they led him away, they caught one Simon of Cyrene, coming out of the field, and on him laid they the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turned back unto them, and said, Ye daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
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