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AND EXPLAINED. 133 condemned him to be guilty of death. And some began to spic on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophefy. And the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high Priest : and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also waft with Jesus of Nazaseth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither underTand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch, and the cock crew. And a maid saw him again, and began to lay to them that stood by, This is one of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by fad again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them; for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreech thereto. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man, of whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow cwice, thou shalt deny me chrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Tuesday before Eafter.

For the Epiftle. Ifajah 1. 5. THE Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not T rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the fmiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked of the hair: I hid not my face from shame, and spitting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded : therefore have I set my face like a Aint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justi- . heth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together; who is mine adversary ? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me ; who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment : the moth hall eat them up. Who is among you thạc feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light ? let him trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his God, Behold, all ye that

kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks; 'walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand, ye shall lie down in forrow.

The Gospel. St Mark xv. 1. A ND straightway in the morning the chief priests heldą A consultation with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he answering, said unto him, Thou sayeft it. And the chief priests accused him of many things : but he answered nothing. And Pilare asked him again, saying, Answerelt thou nothing? Behold, how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet anTwered nothing: so that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner whomsoever they desired. And there was one nanied Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurreclion with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the multitude cry. ing aloud, began to defire him to do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, saying, 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 priests moyed the people, that he should rather release Ba. rabbas unto them.' And Pilate answered, and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the king of the Jews ? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And so Pilate willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. And the soldiers 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 hear, and began to falute hinn, Hail king of the Jews. And they fmote him on the head with a reed, and

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did spit upon him, and bowing their knees, worshipped him.' And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own cloches on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simonía Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. 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, casting lors upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and chey crucified him. And the superscription of his accusation 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 be was numbered with the transgressors. And they that paffed by, railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, chou that destroyeft the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewife also the chief priests mocking; said among themselves, with the scribes, He saved others, himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may fee and believe. And they that were crucified with him, reviled him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, laying, Ed, Eloi, lama sabacbibani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why haft thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, faid, Behold, he caHech Elias. And one ran and filled a spunge full of yinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink,' saying, (Let alone; let us fee whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And che vail of the cemple was sent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion which tood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the gholt, he said, Truly this man was the son of

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Wednesday before Eafter.

The Epistle. Heb. ix, 16. TITHERE a testament is, there must also of neceffity be

V the death of the ceftacor : for a testament is of force after men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all whilst the testator liveth. Whereupon, neither the first teľ tament was dedicated without blood. For when Mofes liad fpoken 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 sprinkled both the book and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament, which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover, he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood : and without shedding of blood is no remiffion. It was therefore necessary, that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themfelves with better facrifices than there. For Christ 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 presence of God for us: ñor yet

that he should offer himself often, as the high Priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others : (for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world) but now, once in the end of the world, harh he appeared to put away sin by the facrifice of himfelf. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment : fo Christ was once offered to bear the fins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second tiine without fin varo salvation. .

The Gospel. St Luke xxii. 1. TOW the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is I called the paff»ver. And the chief priefts and scribes fought how they might kill him ; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of che twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priets, and captains, how he might

betray betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, an i sought of portunity to betray him into them, in the absence of the multitude. Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter, and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when - ye are entered into · the city, there shall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water : follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the good-man of the house, The Master faith unto thee, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall cat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished ;, 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 faid unto them, With desire have I desired to eat this par. sover with you before I suffer. For I say 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 faid, Take this, and divide it among yourfelves. For I fay unto you, I will nor drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdomn of God shall come. And he took breat, 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. Likewise also the cup after supper, 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 ; bue 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 a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lord ship over them; and they that exercise auchority upon them, are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so : but he that is greatest among you, let hìn be as the younger? and he that is chief, as he that


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