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so Pilate, willing to content KING OF THE JEWS. the people, released Barabbas And with him they crucify unto them, and delivered Je- two thieves, the one on his sus, when he had scourged right hand, and the other on him, to be crucified. And his left. And the scripture the soldiers led him away in- was fulfilled, which saith, to the hall, called Prætorium; And he was numbered with and they call together the the transgressors. And they whole band. And they that passed by railed on him, clothed him with purple, and wagging their heads, and platted a crown of thorns, saying, Ah, thou that deand put it about his head : stroyest the temple, and and began to salute him, buildest it in three days, save Hail, King of the Jews. And thyself, and come down from they smote him on the head the cross. Likewise also the with a reed, and did spit upon chief priests mocking, said ahim, and bowing their knees mong themselves, with the worshipped him. And when scribes, He saved others ; they had mocked him they himself he cannot save.

Let took off the purple from him, Christ the King of Israel deand put his own clothes on scend now from the cross, him, and led him out to cru- that we may see and believe. cify him. And they compel And they that were crucified one Simon a Cyrenian, who with him reviled him. And passed by, coming out of the when the sixth hour was country, the father of Alex- come, there was darkness ander and Rufus, to bear his over the whole land until the cross. And they bring him ninth hour. And at the unto the place Golgotha, ninth hour Jesus cried with which is, being interpreted, a loud voice, saying, Eloi, The place of a scull. And Eloi, lama sabachthani ? they gave him to drink wine which is, being interpreted, mingled with myrrh ; but My God, my God, why hast he received it not. And thou forsaken me? And some when they had crucified him of them that stood by, when they parted his garments, they heard it, said, Behold, casting lots upon them, what he calleth Elias. And one every man should take. And ran and filled a spunge full it was the third hour, and of vinegar, and put it on a they crucified him. And the reed, and gave him to drink, superscription of his accusa- saying, Let alone ; let us see tion was written over, THE whether Elias will come to

take him down. And Jesus fore necessary that the patcried with a loud voice, and terns of things in the heavens gave up the ghost.' And the should be purified with these; vail of the temple was rent but the heavenly things themin twain from the top to the selves with better sacrifices bottom. · And when the cen- than these. For Christ is not turion, which stood over entered into the holy places against him, saw that he so made with hands, which are cried out, and gave up the the figures of the true, but ghost; he said, Truly this into heaven itself, now to man was the Son of God.

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for us; nor yet that he Wednesday before Easter. should offer himself often, as The Epistle. Hebrews ix. 16. the high priest entereth into WHE

HERE a testament is, the holy place every year

there inust also of ne- with blood of others : for cessity be the death of the then must he often have suftestator: for a testament is fered since the foundation of of force after men are dead; the world; but now once in otherwise it is of no strength the end of the world hath he at all whilst the testator liv- appeared to put away sin by eth. Whereupon, neither the the sacrifice of himself. And first testament was dedicated as it is appointed unto men without blood: for when once to die, but after this the Moses had spoken every pre-judgement: so Christ was cept to all the people, ac once offered to bear the sins cording to the law, he took of many; and unto them that the blood of calves and of look for him shall he appear goats, with water, and scar- the second time without sin let wool, and hyssop, and unto salvation. sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, "This The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 1.

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TOW the feast of unleavwhich God hath enjoined ened drew nigh, unto you.

Morcover, he which is called the Passover. sprinkled with blood both And the chief priests and the tabernacle, and all the scribes sought how they vessels of the ministry. And might kill him; for they almost all things are by the feared the people. Then enlaw purged with blood; and tered Satan into Judas surwithout shedding of blood is named Iscariot, being of the no remission. It was there-l number of the twelve. And

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he went his way, and com- | I will not any more eat theremuned with the chief priests of, until it be fulfilled in the and captains, how he might Kingdom of God. And he betray him unto them. And took the cup, and gave they were glad, and cove-thanks, and said, Take this, nanted to give him money. and divide it among yourAnd he promised, and sought selves. For I say unto you, opportunity to betray him I will not drink of the fruit unto them in the absence of of the vine, until the Kingthe multitude. Then came dom of God shall come. And the day of unleavened bread, he took bread, and when the passover must be thanks, and brake it, and killed. And he sent Peter gave unto them, saying, This and John, saying, Go and is my body, which is given prepare us the passover, that for you : this do in rememwe may eat. And they said brance of me. Likewise also unto him, Where wilt thou the cup after supper, saying, that we prepare? And he This cup is the new testasaid unto them, Behold, when ment in my blood, which is ye are entered into the city, shed for you. But behold, there shall a man meet you, the hand of him that betraybearing a pitcher of water; eth me is with me on the follow him into the house table. And truly the Son of where he entereth in. And Man goeth as it was deterye shall say unto the good-mined; but wo unto that man of the house, The Master man by whom he is betrayed. saith unto thee, Where is the And they began to enquire guest-chamber, where I shall among themselves, which of eat the passover with my dis-them it was that should do ciples ? And he shall 'shew this thing. And there was you a large upper-room fur- also a strife among them, nished; there make ready. which of them should be And they went, and found as accounted the greatest. And he had said unto them: and he said unto them, The they made ready the pass- kings of the Gentiles exover. And when the hour ercise lordship over them, was come he sat down, and and they that exercise authothe twelve Apostles with him. rity upon them are called beAnd he said unto them, With nefactors. But ye shall not desire I have desired to eat be so: but he that is greatthis

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began to be sore amazed, and and staves, from the chief to be very heavy, and saith priests, and the scribes, and unto them, My soul is ex- the elders. And he that beceeding sorrowful unto death; trayed him had given them a tarry ye here, and watch. token, saying, Whomsoever I And he went forward a little, shall kiss, that same is he; and fell on the ground, and take him, and lead him away prayed, that, if it were pos- safely. And as soon as he sible, the hour might pass was come he goeth straightfrom him. And he said, way to him, and saith, Abba, Father, all things are Master, master; and kissed possible unto thee; take away him. And they laid their this

cup from me; neverthe hands on him, and took him. less, not what I will, but And one of them that stood what thou wilt. And he by drew a sword, and smote cometh and findeth them a servant of the high priest, sleeping, and saith unto Pe- and cut off his ear. And Jeter, Simon, sleepest thou? sus answered, and said unto couldest not thou watch one them, Are ye come out as hour? Watch ye and pray, against a thief, with swords lest ye enter into temptation: and with staves, to take me? the spirit truly is ready, but I was daily with you in the the flesh is weak. And again temple teaching, and ye

took he went away, and prayed, me not: but the Scriptures and spake the same words. must be fulfilled. And they And when he returned he all forsook him, and fled. found them asleep again, (for And there followed him a their eyes were heavy) nei- certain young man, having a ther wist they what to an- linen cloth cast about his swer him. And he cometh naked body; and the young the third time, and saith un- men laid hold on him: and to them, Sleep on now, and he left the linen cloth, and take your rest: it is enough, fled from them naked. And the hour is come; behold, the they led Jesus away to the Son of Man is betrayed into high priest : and with him the hands of sinners. Rise were assembled all the chief up, let us go; lo, he that be- priests, and the elders, and trayeth me is at hand. And the scribes. And Peter folimmediately, while he yet lowed him afar off, even into spake, cometh Judas, one of the palace of the high priest; the twelve, and with him a and he sat with the servants, great multitude with swords and warmed himself at the

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fire. And the chief priests strike him with the palms of and all the council soughty their hands. And as Peter for witness against Jesus to was beneath in the palace put him to death; and found there cometh one of the

For many bare false maids of the high priest; and witness against him, but their when she saw Peter warming witness agreed not together. himself she looked upon him, And there arose certain, and and said, And thou also wast bare false witness against with Jesus of Nazareth. But him, saying, We heard him he denied, saying, I know say, I will destroy this tem-not, neither understand I ple that is made with hands, what thou sayest. And he and within three days I will went out into the porch; build another made without and the cock crew.

And a hands. But neither so did maid saw him again, and betheir witness agree together. gan to say to them that stood And the high priest stood up by, This is one of them. in the midst, and asked Je- And he denied it again. And sus, saying, Answerest thou a little after, they that stood nothing? what is it which by said again to Peter, Surely these witness against thee: thou art one of them ; for But he held his peace, and thou art a Galilean, and thy answered 'nothing Again speech agreeth thereto. But the high priest asked him, he began to curse and to and said unto him, Art thou swear, saying, I know not the Christ, the Son of the this man of whom ye speak. Blessed ? And Jesus said, I And the second time the am; and ye shall see the Son cock crew. And Peter called of Man sitting on the right to mind the word that Jesus hand of power, and coming said unto him, Before the in the clouds of heaven. cock crow twice, thou shalt Then the high priest rent his deny me thrice. And when clothes, and saith, What need he thought thereon, he wept. we any further witnesses ? ye have heard the blasphemy: Tuesday before Easter. ye?

For the Epistle. Isaiah 1. 5.

HE Lord God hath of death. And some began opened mine ear, and to spit on him, and to cover I was not rebellious, neither his face, and to buffet him, turned away back. I gave and to say unto him, Pro- my back to the smiters, and phesy : and the servants did | my cheeks to them that

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