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Monday before Easter. priests, mocking him, with the For the Epistle. Isaiah lxii. 1. scribes and elders, said, He sav. ed others, himself he cannot HO is this that cometh saveIf he be the King of Is

Edom, with dyed rael, let him now come down garments from Bozrah? this from the cross, and we will be that is glorious in his apparel, lieve him. He trusted in God; travelling in the greatness of let him deliver him now, if he his strength ? I that speak in will have him: for he said, I righteousness, mighty to save. am the Son of God. The Wherefore art thou red in thine thieves also which were cruci- apparel, and thy garments like fied with him, cast the same in him that treadeth in the wine. his teeth. Now from the sixth fat? I have trodden the wine. hour there was darkness over press alone, and of the people all the land, unto the ninth there was none with me: for I hour. And about the ninth will tread them in mine anger, hour, Jesus cried with a loud and trample them in my fury, voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sa- and their blood shall be sprink. bachthani ? that is to say, My led upon my garments, and I God, my God, why hast thou will stain all my raiment. For forsaken me? Some of them the day of vengeance is in mine that stood there, when they heart, and the year of my reheard that, said, This man call- deemed is come. And I look. eth for Elias. And straightway ed, and there was none to help; one of them ran, and took a and I wondered that there was spunge, and filled it with vine- none to uphold: therefore mine gar, and put it on a reed, and own arm brought salvation ungave him to drink. The rest to me; and my fury it upheld said, Let be, let us see whether me. And I will tread down the Elias will come to save him. people in mine anger, and make Jesus, when he had cried again them drunk in my fury, and I with a loud voice, yielded up will bring down their strength the ghost. And behold, the to the earth. I will mention vail of the temple was rent in the loving-kindnesses of the twain, from the top to the bot- Lord, and the praises of the tom; and the earth did quake, Lord, according to all that the and the rocks rent; and the Lord' hath bestowed on us, and graves were opened ; and many the great goodness towards the bodies of saints which slept, house of Israel, which he hath arose, and came out of the bestowed on them, according graves after his resurrection, to his mercies, and according to and went into the holy city, and the multitude of his loving-kindappeared unto many.

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For he said, Surely when the Centurion, and they they are my people, children that were with him watching that will not lie: So he was Jesus, saw the earthquake, and their Saviour. In all their afthose things that were done, fliction he was afflicted, and the they feared greatly, saying, angel of his presence saved Truly this was the Son of God. them: in his love and in his pity

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he redeemed them, and he bare The Gospel. St. Mark xiv. 1. them, and carried them all the FTER days of old. But they rebelled, feast of the Passover, and and vexed his Holy Spirit: of unleavened bread: and the therefore he was turned to be chief priests and the scribes their enemy, and he fought sought how they might take against them. Then he remem- him by craft, and put him to bered the days of old, Moses death. But they said, Not on and his people, saying, Where the feast day, lest there be an is he that brought them up out uproar of the people. And beof the sea, with the shepherd of ing in Bethany, in the house of his flock? Where is he that Simon the leper, as he sat at, put his Holy Spirit within him? meat, there came a woman havthat led them by the right hand ing an alabaster box of ointof Moses, with his glorious arm ment of spikenard, very predividing the water before them, cious; and she brake the box, to make himself an everlasting and poured it on his head. name? That led them through And there were some that had the deep as an horse in the wil. indignation within themselves, derness, that they should not and said, Why was 'this waste stumble? As a beast goeth of ointment made; for it might down into the valley, the spirit have been sold for more than of the Lord caused him to rest : three hundred pence, and have so didst thou lead thy people, been given to the poor? and to make thyself a glorious they murmured against her.

Look down from hea- And Jesus said, Let her alone; ven, and behold from the habi. why trouble ye her ? she hath tation of thy holiness, and of wrought a good work on me: thy glory: Where is thy zeal, For ye have the poor with you and thy strength, the sounding always, and whensoever ye will, of thy bowels, and of thy mer- ye may do them good; but me cies towards me ? are they re ye have not always. She hath strained? Doubtless thou art done what she could; she is our Father, though Abraham come aforehand to anoint my be ignorant of us, and Israel ac- body to the burying. Verily I knowledge us not :; thou, O say unto you, wheresoever this Lord, art our Father, our "Re- Gospel shall

shall be preached deemer, thy name is from ever- throughout the whole world, lasting. O Lord, why hast thou this also that she hath done made us to err from thy ways ? shall be spoken of, for a memoand hardened our heart from rial of her. And Judas Iscathy fear ? Return, for thy ser- riot, one of the twelve, went vant's sake, the tribes of thine unto the chief priests, to betray inheritance. The people of thy him unto them. And when holiness have possessed it but they heard it, they were glad, a little while : our adversaries and promised to give him mohave trodden down thy sanctu- ney; And he sought how he ary. We are thine, thou never might conveniently betray him. barest rule over them; they And the first day of unleavened were not called by thy name. bread, when they killed the

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passover, his disciples said un- rily I say unto you, I will drink to him, Where wilt thou that no more of the fruit of the vine we go and prepare, that thou until that day that I drink it mayest eat the passover ? And new in the kingdom of God. he sendeth forth two of his dis- And when they had sung an ciples, and saith unto them, hymn, they went out into the Go ye into the city; and there mount of Olives. And Jesus shall meet you a man bearing a saith unto them, All ye shall be pitcher of water: follow him. offended because of me this And wheresoever he shall go night : for it is written, I will in, say ye to the good man of smite the shepherd, and the the house, The Master saith, sheep shall be scattered. But Where is the guest-chamber, after that I am risen, I will go where I shall eat the passover before you into Galilee. But with my disciples ? And he Peter said unto him, Although will show you a large upper all shall be offended, yet will room furnished and prepared: not I. And Jesus saith unto there make ready for us. And him, Verily I sayunto thee, his disciples went forth, and that this day, even in this night

, came into the city, and found as before the cock crow twice, he had said unto them: and thou shalt deny me thrice. But they made ready the passover. he spake the more vehemently, And in the evening he cometh If I should die with thee, I will with the twelve. And as they not deny thee in any wise. sat, and did eat, Jesus said, Ve. Likewise also said they all

. rily I say unto you, one of you And they came to a place

which which eateth with me shall be- was named Gethsemane : and tray me. And they began to be he saith to his disciples, Sit ye sorrowful, and to say unto him here, while I shall pray. And one by one, Is it I? And ano- he taketh with him Peter, and ther said, Is it I ? And he an- James, and John, and began to swered and said unto them, It be sore amazed, and to be very is one of the twelve that dippeth heavy; and saith unto them, with me in the dish. The Son My soul is exceeding sorrowof man indeed goeth, as it is ful unto death : tarry ye here written of him : but woe to and watch. And he went forthat man by whom the Son of ward a little, and fell on the man is betrayed: good were it ground, and prayed, that, if it for that man if he had never were possible, the hour might been born. And as they did pass from him. And he said, eat, Jesus took bread, and bles- Abba, Father, all things are possed, and brake it, and gave to sible unto thee : take away this them, and said, Take, eat : this cup from me: nevertheless, not is my body. And he took the what I will, but what thou wilt. cup, and when he had given And he cometh, and findeth thanks, he gave it to them: and them sleeping, and saith unto they all drank of it. And he Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? said unto them, This is my couldest not 'thou watch one blood of the new Testament, hour? watch ye, and pray, lest which is shed for many. Ve ye enter into temptation ; the

spirit truly is ready, but the away to the high priest : and flesh is weak. And again he with him were assembled all went away, and prayed, and the chief priests, and the elders, spake the same words. And and the scribes. And Peter when he returned he found them followed him afar off, even inasleep again (for their eyes were to the palace of the high priest : heavy), neither wist they what and he sat with the servants, to answer him. And he cometh and warmed himself at the fire. the third time, and saith unto And the chief priests, and all them, Sleep on now, and take the council, sought for witness your rest: it is enough, the against Jesus to put him_to hour is come; behold, the Son death ; and found none. (For of man is betrayed into the many bare false witness against hands of sinners. Rise up, let him, but their witness agreed us go; lo, he that betrayeth me not together.) And there arose is at hand. And immediately, certain, and bare false witness while he yet spake, cometh Ju- against him, saying, We heard das, one of the twelve, and with him say, I will destroy this him a great multitude, with temple that is made with hands, swords and staves, from the and within three days I will chief priests, and the scribes, build another made without and the elders. And he that be: hands. But neither so did their trayed him had given them a witness agree together. And token, saying, Whomsoever I the high priest stood up in the shall kiss, that same is he; take midst, and asked Jesus, saying, him and lead him away safely. Answerest thou nothing ? what And as soon as he was come, is it which these witness against he goeth straightway to him, and thee? But he held his peace, and saith, Master, Master; and kis- answered nothing. Again the sed him. And they laid their high priest asked him, and said hands on him, and took him. unto him, Art thou the Christ, And one of them that stood by the Son of the Blessed? And drew a sword, and smote a ser- Jesus said, I am : and ye shall yant of the high priest, and cut see the Son of man sitting on off his ear. And Jesus answer- the right hand of power, and ed and said unto them, Are ye coming in the clouds of heaven. come out as against a thief, Then the high priest rent his with swords and with staves, to clothes, and saith, What need take me? I was daily with you we any further witnesses ? ye in the temple, teaching, and ye have heard the blasphemy: took me not; but the scriptures what think ye? and they all must be fulfilled. And they all condemned him to be guilty of forsook him, and fled. And death. And some began to there followed him a certain spit on him, and to cover his young man, having a linen face, and to buffet him, and to cloth cast about his naked say unto him, Prophesy. And body; and the young men laid the servants did strike him with hold on him. And he left the the palms of their hands. And linen cloth, and fled from them as Peter was beneath in the panaked. And they led Jesus lace, there cometh one of the

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maids of the high priest ; and Lo, they all shall wax old as a when she saw Peter warming garment: the moth shall eat himself, she looked upon him, them up. Who is among you and said, And thou also wast that feareth the Lord, that obey. with Jesus of Nazareth. But eth the voice of his servant, that he denied, saying, I know not, walketh in darkness, and hath neither understand I what thou no light? let him trust in the sayest. And he went out into name of the Lord, and stay the porch ; and the cock crew. upon his God. Behold, all ye And a maid saw him again, and that kindle a fire, that compass began to say to them that stood yourselves about with sparks; by, This is one of them. And walk in the light of your fire, he denied it again. And a lit- and in the sparks that ye have tle after, they that stood by said kindled. This shall ye have of again to Peter, Surely thou art mine hand, ye shall lie down in one of them; for thou art a Ga- sorrow. lilean, and thy speech agreeth The Gospel. St. Mark xv. 1. thereto. But he began to curse

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And Peter called to ders and scribes, and the whole mind the word that Jesus said council, and bound Jesus, and unto him, Before the cock carried him away, and delivercrow twice, thou shalt deny me ed him to Pilate. And Pilate thrice. And when he thought asked him, Art thou the King thereon, he wept.

of the Jews ? And he answer

ing, said unto him, Thou sayest Tuesday before Easter. it. And the chief priests acFor the Epistle. Isaiah 1. 5.

cused him of many things: but

he answered nothing. And Pi. THE "HE Lord God hath open- late asked him again, saying,

ed mine car, and I was not Answerest thou nothing ? berebellious, neither turned away hold how many things they back. I gave my back to the witness against thee. But Jesmiters, and my cheeks to them sus yet answered nothing: so that plucked off the hair: I hid that Pilate marvelled. Now at not my face from shame and that feast he released unto them spitting. For the Lord God one prisoner, whomsoever they will help me, therefore shall I desired. And there was one not be confounded ; therefore named Barabbas, which lay have I set my face like a flint, bound with them that had made and I know that I shall not be insurrection with him, who had ashamed. He is near that jus- committed murder in the intificth me; who will contend surrection. And the multitude, with me? let us stand together; crying aloud, began to desire who is mine adversary ? let him him to do as he had ever done come near to me. Behold, the unto them. But Pilate answerLord God will help me; who ed them, saying, Will ye that I is he that shall condemn me? release unto you the King of

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