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kindle a fire, that compafs yourselves about with fparks; walk in the light of your fire, and in the fparks that ye have kindled. This fhall ye have of mine hand, ye fhall lie down in forrow.
The Gospel. St Mark xv. 1.
ND ftraightway in the morning the chief priests held a confultation with the elders and fcribes, and the whole council, and bound Jefus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate afked him, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he answering, faid unto him, Thou fayeft it. And the chief priests accufed him of many things but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, faying, Anfwereft thou nothing? Behold, how many things they witness against thee. But Jefus yet anfwered nothing: fo that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prifoner whomfoever they defired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made infurrection with him, who had committed murder in the infurrection. And the multitude crying aloud, began to defire him to do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, faying, Will ye that I release unto you the king of the Jews? (For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy) but the chief priefts moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate anfwered, and faid again unto them, What will ye then that I fhall do unto him whom ye call the king of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate faid unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And fo Pilate willing to content the people, releafed Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jefus, when he had fcourged him, to be crucified. And the foldiers 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 falute him, Hail king of the Jews. And they fmote him on the head with a reed, and
did fpit upon him, and bowing their knees, worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purplefrom him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simona Cyrenian, who paffed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his crofs. 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 his garments, cafting lots upon them, what every man fhould take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. And the fuperfcription of his accufation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucified two thieves, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the Scripture was fulfilled, which faith, And he was numbered with the tranfgreffors. And they that paffed by, railed on him, wagging their heads, and faying, Ah, thou that deftroyeft the temple, and buildeft it in three days, fave thyself, and come down from the crofs. Likewife alfo the chief priests mocking; faid among themselves, with the fcribes, He faved others, himself he cannot fave. Let Christ the King of Ifrael defcend now from the croís, that we may fee and believe. And they that were crucified with him, reviled him. And when the fixth hour was come, there was darknefs over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jefus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama fabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why haft thou forfaken me? And fome of them that stood by, when they heard it, faid, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran and filled a fpunge full of yinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, faying, Let alone; let us fee whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jefus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghoft. And the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion which, tood over against him, faw that he fo cried out, and gave up the ghoft, he faid, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Wednesday before Eafter.
The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16.
THERE a teftament is, there muft alfo of neceffity be the death of the teftator: for a teftament is of force after men are dead; otherwise it is of no ftrength at all whilft the teftator liveth. Whereupon, neither the first tef tament was dedicated without blood. For when Mofes had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves, and of goats, with water, and, fcarlet wooll, and hyffop, and fprinkled both the book and all the people, faying, This is the blood of the teftament, which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover, he fprinkled likewife with blood both the tabernacle, and all the veffels of the miniftry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood and without fhedding of blood is no remiffion. It was therefore neceffary, that the patterns of things in the heavens fhould be purified with thefe; but the hea venly things themfelves with better facrifices than these. For Chrift is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven . itself, now to appear in the prefence of God for us: nor yet that he fhould offer himself often, as the high Priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others: (for then must he often have fuffered fince the foundation of the world) but now, once in the end of the world, hath he appeared to put away fin by the facrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: fo Chrift was once offered to bear the fins of many; and unto them that look for him fhall he appear the fecond time without fin unto falvation.
The Gospel. St Luke xxii. 1.
TOW the feaft of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the paffover. And the chief priefts and fcribes fought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas, furnamed Ifcariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priefts, and captains, how he might
betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promifed, and fought ofportunity to betray him unto them, in the absence of the multitude. Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the paffover must be killed. And he fent Peter, and John, faying, Go and prepare us the paffover, that we may eat. And they faid unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there fhall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye fhall fay unto the good-man of the houfe, The Mafter faith unto thee, Where is the gueft-chamber, where I fhall eat the paffover with my difciples? And he fhall fhew you a large upper room furnished; there make ready. And they went, and found as he had faid unto them: and they made ready the paffover. And when the hour was come, he fat down, and the twelve Apoftles with him. And he faid unto them, With defire have I defired to eat this paffover with you before I fuffer. For I fay unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, 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 yourfelves. For I fay unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God fhall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, faying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance Likewife alfo the cup after fupper, faying, This cup is the new teftament in my blood, which is thed for you. But behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined; but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed. And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that fhould do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them fhould be accounted the greateft. And he faid unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercife lordship over them; and they that exercife authority upon them, are called benefactors. But ye fhall not be fo: but he that is greateft among you, let him be as the younger? and he that is chief, as he that
doth ferve. For whether is greater, he that fitteth at meat, or he that ferveth? is not he that fitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that ferveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a Kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me, that ye may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and fit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Ifrael. And the Lord faid, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath defired to have you, that he may fift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, ftrengthen thy brethren. And he faid unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prifon, and to death. And he faid, I tell thee, Peter, the cock fhall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he said unto them, When I fent you without purse, and scrip, and fhoes, lacked ye any thing? And they faid, Nothing. Then faid he unto them, but now he that hath a purfe, let him take it, and likewise his fcrip: and he that hath no fword, let him fell his garment and buy one. For I fay unto you, that this that is written, muft yet be accomplished in me. And he was reckoned among the tranfgreffors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they faid, Lord, behold, here are two fwords. And he faid unto them, It is enough. And he came out, and went as he was wont, to the mount of Olives, and his dif ciples alfo followed him. And when he was at the place, he faid unto them, Pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a ftones caft, and kneeled down, and prayed, faying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, ftrengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his fweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rofe up from prayer, and was come to his difciples, he found them fleeping for forrow, and faid unto them, Why fleep ye? rife and pray, left ye enter into temptation. And while he yet fpake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto