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kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and faid, Take this, and divide it among yourfelves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewife also the cup after fupper, saying, This cup is the new testament 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 should do this thing. And there was also astrife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he faid unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be fo: but he that is greatest among you, let him be' as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that dorh serve. 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 serveth. 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 Israel. And the Lord faid, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired 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, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock hall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they faid, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him fell his

garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this

that is written mult yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning 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 the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed hin. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, 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, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow; and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, left ye enter into temptation. And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayelt 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 the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against 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 your hour, and the power of darkness. Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midit of the hall, and were set down together, Peter fat down among them. But a certaia maid beheld him, as he fat by the fire and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man 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 one hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for lie is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayeit. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upou Peter: and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou halt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded. him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that {mote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people, and the chief priests, and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Chrift? tell us. And he said unto them, if I tell you, you will not believe: And if . I also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go. . Hereafter shall the Son of man fit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.

Thursday before Easter.*
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17.

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ye 'come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the

This day Christ washed his disciples' feet, and gave them a commande ment to do the same; it is therefore called dies mandati, the mandate dav; and corrupted into Maurday Thursday. On this day the penitents that were put out of the church upon An-Wednesday, were received again into it; the form of which reception was as follows:-“ The bishop goes out to the doors of the church, where the penitents lie prostrate upon the earth, and thrice in the name of Christ he calls them, 'Come, come, come le children, hearken unto me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord;' then

church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifelt · among you. When ye coine together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. For in eating, every one taketh before other his own fupper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or defpise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? fhall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I deli, vered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the fame night in which he was betrayed, took bread : and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in temembrance of me.

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had fupped, saying, This cup is the new teftament in my blood: this do ye as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do fhew the Lord's death till he

Wherefore, whosoever fhall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man ex, amine hinfelf, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily,

come.

after he hath prayed for them, and admonished them, he reconciles them, and brings them into the church. The penitents thus received, trim their • heads and beards, and laying off their penitential weeds, they re-clothe

themselves in handsome apparel. The church-doors were wont to be Tet open all this day; to lignify that penitent sinners coming from north, or south, or any quarter of the world, shall be received to mercy, and the church's favour.”—Sparrow.

Divisions} That is, feparate parties, eating and drinking by then fekes, contrary to the nature and intention of the Lord's supper.

Drunken] It is worth remark, that the Greek word does not necessarily imply intoxication.

Unvorthily] The Corinthians perverted the ends of the inftitution by forming separate companies, and by being guilty of excess; or at least, approaching too near it, considering that the ordinance they met to observe was a religious one.

The Lord] Will be liable to the punishment due to grossly misusing the sign or symbol of the Lord's body and bloode

eateth and drinketh dampation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and fickly among you, and may sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the reft will I set in order when I come.

The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 1. THE "HE whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto

Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying, that he himself is Christ a king. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou fayeft it. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he fent him to Herod, who himself was alfo at Jerusalem at that time.. And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was defirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered himnothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.

And Damnation] i.e. Temporal judgment. See verses 30, 31, 32 ; Rom. i. 2; 1 Peter iv. 17. The judicial inflictions of speedy temporal punishments, viz. weaknefs, fickness, and death, were peculiar to the Apoftolical age; they were unerringly proportioned to the guilt incurred; and were defigned to preserve and establish the purity of the Christian worship and practice, as well as the authority of the Apostles. See Adls 1.5; i Cor. v. 5; Cor. x. 8; xiii. 2; 1 Tim. i. 20; Revel. Ü. 22.

Fudged] Alluding to verse 29, “ He that cateth,” &c.; and proving that the word there translated damnation, signifies temporal chasisement from the Lord, to prevent future condemnation.

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