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I honour my Father; and ye do dishonour me. And I feek not mine own glory: there is one that feeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I fay unto you, If a man keep my faying, he fhall never fee death. Then faid the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou haft a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou fayeft, If a man keep my faying, he fhall never tafte of death. Art thou greater than our Father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead whom makeft thou thyfelf? Jefus anfwered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me, of whom ye fay, that he is your God: yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I fhould fay, I know him not, I fhall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his faying, Your father Abraham rejoiced to fee my day, and he faw it, and was glad. Then faid the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and haft thou feen Abraham? Jefus faid unto them, Verily, verily, I fay unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up ftones to caft at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

The Sunday next before Eafier.
The Collect.

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towards mankind, haft fent thy Son our Saviour Jefus Chrift, to take upon him our flesh, and to fuffer death upon the cross, that all mankind fhould follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and alfo be made par

PARAPHRASE.

On the COLLECT for the Sunday next before Eafter.

O all-powerful and everlasting God, who art a God of tender mercy, (James v. 11.) and haft fent thy son in likeness of finful flesh, (Rom. viii. 3.) though he was before in the form of God, &c. (Phil. ii. 6.) and being found in fashion as a man, to humble himself and become obedient unto death, even the death of the crofs, (Phil. ii. 8.) fhewing by this an example of humility not to be equalled, we beseech thee, for thy

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takers of his refurrection, through the fame Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

The Epiftle. Phil. ii. 5.

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ET this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus : who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a fervant, and was made in the liknefs of men and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the crofs. Wherefore God alfo hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name, which is above every name; that at the Name of Jefus every knee fhould bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue fhould confefs, that Jefus Chrift is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Gospel. St Matth. xxvii. 1.

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THEN the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he faw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of filver to the chief priefts and elders, faying, I have finned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they faid, What is that to us? fee thou to that. And he caft down the pieces of filver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the filver pieces, and faid, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counfel, and bought with them the

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mercies fake, to give us grace, that we may take example from his humility and patience whilst we continue here, and may share with him in his bleffed refurrection hereafter; and this we beg for Jefus Chrift his fake. Amen.

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potter's field, to bury ftrangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. (Then was fulfilled that which was fpoken by Jeremy the prophet, faying, And they took the thirty pieces of filver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Ifrael did value, and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.) And Jefus ftood before the governor; and the governor afked him, faying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jefus faid unto him, Thou fayeft. And when he was accufed of the chief priefts and elders, he answered nothing. Then faid Pilate unto him, Heareft thou not how many things they witnefs againft thee? And he answered him to never a word, infomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Now at that feaft the governor was wont to releafe unto the people a prifoner whom they would. And they had then a notable prifoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate faid unto them, Whom will ye that I releafe unto you? Barabbas, or Jefus, which is called Chrift? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was fet down on the judgment-feat, his wife fent unto him faying, Have thou nothing to do with that juft man: for I have fuffered many things this day in a dream becaufe of him. But the chief priefts and elders perfuaded the multitude that they should afk Barabbas, and deftroy Jefus. The governor answered and faid unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I reLeafe unto you? They faid, Barabbas. Pilate faith unto them, What fhall I do then with Jefus, which is called Chrift? They all fay unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor faid, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, faying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate faw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, faying, I am innocent of the blood of this juft perfon: fee ye to it. Then answered all the people, and faid, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then releafed he Barabbas unto them: and when he had fcourged Jefus, he delivered him to be crucified. Then the foldiers of the governor took Jefus into the common

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hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of foldlers. And they ftripped him, and put on him a fcarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, faying, Hail, King of the Jews. And they fpit upon him, and took the reed, and fmote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name him they compelled to bear his crofs. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to fay, A place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall and when he had tafted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments. cafting lots that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vefture did they caft lots. And fitting down, they watched him there; and fet up over his head his accufation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that paffed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and faying, Thou that destroyeft the temple, and buildeft it in three days, fave thyself; If thou be the Son of God, come down from the crofs. Likewife alfo the chief priests mocking him, with the fcribes and elders, faid, He faved others, himself he cannot fave: if he be the king of Ifrael, let him now come down from the crofs, and we will believe him. He trufted in God; let him deliver him now if he will have him; for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves alfo which were crucified with him caft the fame in his teeth. Now from the fixth hour there was darknefs over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jefus cried with a loud voice, faying, Eli, Eli, lama fabachthani? that is to fay, My God, my God, why haft thou forfaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, faid, This man calleth for Elias. And ftraightway one of them ran, and took a fpunge, and filled it with vinegar,

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and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The reft said, Let be, let us fee whether Elias will come to fave him. Jefus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghoft. And behold, the vail of the temple was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of faints which flept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jefus, faw the earthquake, and thofe things that were done, they feared greatly, faying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Monday before Eafter.

For the Epiftle. Ifaiah lxiii. 1.

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HO is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his ftrength? 1 that fpeak in righteoufnefs, mighty to fave. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine fat? I have troden the wine-prefs alone, and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help, and I wondered that there was none to uphold therefore mine own arm brought falvation unto me, and my fury it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their ftrength to the earth. I will mention the loving kindneffes of the Lord, and the praifes of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodnefs towards the house of Ifrael, which he hath beftowed on them, according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his loving kindneffes. For he faid, Surely they are my people, children that will not

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