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lie: fo he was their Saviour. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his prefence faved them: in his love, and in his pity he redeemed them, and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit, therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. Then he remembered the days of old, Mofes and his people, faying, Where is he that brought them up out of the fea with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he that put his holy Spirit within him? that led them by the right hand of Mofes, with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himfelf an everlasting Name? That led them through the deep as an horse in the wilderness, that they fhould not ftumble? As a beaft goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caufed him to reft: fo didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious Name. Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness, and of thy glory: Where is thy zeal, and thy ftrength, the founding of thy bowels, and of thy mercies towards me? are they reftrained? Doubtlefs thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Ifrael acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer, thy Name is from everlasting. O Lord, why haft thou made us to err from thy ways? and hardened our hearts from thy fear? Return for thy fervants fake, the tribes of thine inheritance. The people of thy holiness have poffeffed it but a little while: our adverfaries have troden down thy fanctuary. We are thine, thou never bareft rule over them? they were not called by thy Name.
The Gospel. St Mark xiv. 1.
FTER two days was the feast of the paffover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priefts and the fcribes ought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they faid, Not on the feaft day, left there be an uproar of the people. And being in Bethany, in the houfe of Simon the leper, as he fat at meat, there came a woman, having an alabalter-box of ointment of spikenard, very precious, and the brake the box, and poured it on his
head. And there were fome that had indignation withia themfelves, and faid, Why was this wafte of the ointment made? For it might have been fold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor: and they murmured against her. And Jefus faid, Let her alone, why trouble you her? the hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whenfoever ye will, ye may do them good, but me ye have not always. She hath done what he could: fhe is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I fay unto you, Wherefoever this Gofpel fhall be preached throughout the whole world, this alfo that fhe hath done, fhall be spoken of for a memorial of her. And Judas lfcariot, one of the 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 fought how he might conveniently betray him. And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the paffover, his difciples faid unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayeft eat the paffover? And he fendeth forth two of his difciples, and faith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there fhall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wherefoever he fhall go in, say ye to the good man of the houfe, The Mafter faith, Where is the gueft-chamber, where I fhall eat the paffover with my dif ciples? And he will fhew you a large upper room furnished, and prepared: there make ready for us. And his difciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had faid unto them and they made ready the paffover. And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. And as they fat, and did eat, Jefus faid, Verily I fay unto you, One of you which eateth with me fhall betray me. And they began to be forrowful, and to fay unto him one by one, Is it I? and another faid, Is it I? And he anfwered and faid unto them, it is one of the twelve that dippeth with me in the difh. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed: good were it for that man, if he had never been born. And as they did eat, Jefus took bread, and bleffed, and brake it,
and gave to them, and faid, Take, eat: This is my body. And he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he faid unto them, This is my blood of the new teftament, which is fhed for many. Verily I fay 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 fung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. And Jefus faith unto them, All ye fhall be offended because of me this night for it is written, I will fmite the fhepherd, and the fheep fhall be scattered. But after that I am rifen, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter faid unto him, Although all fhall be offended, yet will not I. And Jefus faith unto him, Verily I fay unto thee, that this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I thould die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wife. Likewife alfo faid they all. And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he faid to his difciples, Sit ye here, while I fhall pray. And he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and began to be fore amazed, and to be very heavy; and faith unto them, My foul is exceeding forrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed, that if it were poffible the hour might pafs from him. And he faid, Abba, Father, all things are poffible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and faith unto Peter, Simon, fleepeft thou? Couldeft not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray. left ye enter into temptation: the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and fpake the fame words. And when he returned, he found them asleep again (for their eyes were heavy) neither wift they what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and faith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your reft: it is enough, the hour is come; Behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of finners. Rife up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately,
while he yet fpake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief pricfts, and the fcribes, and the elders. And he that betrayed him, had given them a token, faying, whomsoever I fhall kifs, that fame is he; take him, and lead him away fafely. And as foon as he was come, he goeth ftraightway to him, and faith, Mafter, mafter; and kiffed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him. And one of them that food by, drew a fword, and fmote a fervant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jefus answered and faid unto them, Are ye come out as against a thief, with fwords and with ftaves, to take me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the Scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forfook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth caft about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him. And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. And they led Jefus away to the high Prieft and with him were affembled all the chief priests, and the elders, and the fcribes. And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high Prieft: and he fat with the fervants, and warmed himself at the fire. And the chief priests, and all the council, fought for witness against Jefus to put him to death; and found none. For many bare falfe witnefs against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arofe certain, and bare falfe witness against him, faying, We heard him fay, I will deftroy this temple, that is made with hands, and within three days will build another made without hands. But neither fo did their witness agree together. And the high Priest stood up in the midft, and afked Jefus, faying, Anfwereft thou nothing what is it which thefe witnefs against thee? But he held his peace, and anfwered nothing. Again the high Priest asked him, and faid unto him, Art thou the Chrift, the Son of the Beffed? And Jefus faid, I am and ye shall fee the Son of man fitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high Priest rent his clothes, and faith, What need we any further witneffes ? ye have heard the blafphemy: what think ye? And they all
condemned him to be guilty of death. And fome began to fpit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to fay unto him, Prophefy. And the fervants did ftrike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high Prieft: and when the faw Peter warming himself, fhe looked upon him, and faid, And thou alfo waft with Jefus of Nazareth. But he denied, faying, I know not, neither underItand I what thou fayeft. And he went out into the porch, and the cock crew. And a màid saw him again, and began to fay to them that ftood by, This is one of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by faid again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them; for thou art a Galilean, and thy fpeech agreeth thereto. But he began to curfe and to fwear, faying, I know not this man, of whom ye fpeak. And the fecond time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jefus faid unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
Tuesday before Eafter.
For the Epiftle. Ifaiah 1. 5.
HE Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the fmiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from fhame, and ipitting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore fhall I not be confounded: therefore have I fet my face like a flint, and I know that I fhall not be afhamed. He is near that juftifieth me; who will contend with me? let us ftand together; who is mine adverfary? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that fhall condemn me? Lo, they all fhall wax old as a garment: the moth hall eat them up. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his fervant, that walketh in darknets, and hath no light? let him truit in the Name of the Lord, and ftay upon his God, Behold, all ye that