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were with him watching Jesus, saw ses and his people, saying, Where is the earthquake, and those things that he that brought them up out of the were done, they feared greatly, say- sea, with the shepherd of his flock 3 ing, Truly this was the Son of God. Where is he that put his Holy SPIL
RIT within him ? that led them by the right hand of Moses, with his
glorious arm dividing the water beFor the Epistle. Isaiah Ixiii. 1.
fore them, to make himself an everWHO is this that cometh from lasting name? That led them through Edom, with dyed garments from Boz- the deep as a horse in the wilderness, rah ? this that is glorious in his appa- that they should not stumble? As a rel, travelling in the greatness of his beast goeth down into the valley, the strength? I that speak in righteous- SPIRIT of the LORD caused him to ness, mighty to save. Wherefore rest: so didst thou lead thy people, art thou red in thine apparel, and thy to make thyself a glorious name. garments like him that treadeth in the Look down from heaven, and behold wine-fat? I have trodden the wine from the habitation of thy holiness, press alone, and of the people there and of thy glory: where is thy zeal, was none with me: for I will tread and thy strength, the sounding of thy them in mine anger, and trample bowels, and of thy mercies toward them in my fury, and their blood me? are they restrained ? Doubt shall be sprinkled upon my garments, less thou art our Father, though Abraand I will stain all my raiment. For ham be ignorant of us, and Israel the day of vengeance is in mine heart, acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, and the year of my redeemed is come. art our Father, our Redeemer ; thy And I looked, and there was none to name is from everlasting. O LORD, help; and I wondered that there was why hast thou made us to err from none to uphold: therefore mine own thy ways, and hardened onr beart arm brought salvation unto me; and from thy fear ? Return, for thy sermy fury it upheld me. And I will vants' sake, the tribes of thine inhetread down the people in mine anger, ritance. The people of thy holiness and make them drurk in my fury, have possessed it but a little while: and I will bring down their strength our adversaries have trodden down to the earth. I will mention the lov. thy sanotuary. We are thine: thou ing kindnesses of the Lord, and the never barest rule over them; they praises of the LORD, according to all were not called by thy name. that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the
The Gospel. St. Mark xiv. 1. house of Israel, which he hath be- AFTER two days was the feast stowed on them, according to his of the Passover, and of unleavened mercies, and according to the multi- bread: and the chief priests and the tude of his loving kindnesses. For scribes sought how they might take he said, Surely they are my people, him by craft
, and put him to death. children that will not lie: So he was But they said, Not on the feast day, their Saviour. In all their affliction lest there be an uproar of the people. he was afflicted, and the angel of his And being in Bethany, in the house presence saved them: in his love and of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, in his pity he redeemed them, and there came a woman having an alahe bare them, and carried them all baster box of ointment of spikenard, the days of old. But they rebelled, very precious; and she brake the box, and vexed his Holy SPIRIT: there and poured it on his head. And fore he was turned to be their enemy, there were some that had indignation and he fought against them. Then within themselves, and said, why he remembered the days of old, Mo- was this waste of the ointment made ? for it might have been sold for more of him: but wo to that man by whom than three hundred pence, and liave the Son of man is betrayed ! good been given to the poor. And they were it for that man if he had never murmured against her. And Jesus been born. And as they did eat, said, Let her alone: why trouble ye Jesus took bread, and blessed, and her ? She hath wrought a good work brake it, and gave to them, and said, on me: for ye have the poor with you Take, cat: this is my body. And he always, and whensoever ye will, ye took the cup, and when he had given may do them good; but me ye have thanks, he gave it to them, and they not always. She hath done what all drank of it. And he said unto she could; she is come aforehand to them, This is my blood of the new anoint my body to the burying. Veri- testament, which is slied for many. ly I say unto you, Wheresoever this Verily I say unto you, I will drink Gospel shall be preached throughout no more of the fruit of the vine until the whole world, this also that she that day that I drink it new in the hath done shall be spoken of, for a kingdom of God. And when they memorial of her. And Judas Iscariot, had sung a hymn, they went out into one of the twelve, went unto the chief the mount of Olives. And Jesus priests, to betray him unto them. And saith unto them, All ye shall be of. wlien they heard it, they were glad, fended because of me this night: for and promised to give him money. it is written, I will smite the shepAnd he sought how he might conve- herd, and the sheep shall be scat. niently betray him. And the first tered. But after that I am risen, I day of unleavened bread, when they will go before you into Guļilee. But killed the passover, his disciples said Peter said unto him, Although all unto him, Where wilt thou that we shall be cofended, yet will not l. And go and prepare, that thou mayest eat Jesus saith unto him, Verily, I say the passover? And he sendeth forth unto thee, that this day, even in this two of his disciples, and saith unto night, before the cock crow twice, them, Go ye into the city; and there thou shalt deny me thrice. But he shall meet you a man bearing a pitch. spake the more vehemently, if I er of water: follow him. And where should die with thee, I will not deny soever he shall go in, say ye to the thee in any wise. Likewise also said good man of the house, The Master they all. And they came to a place waith, Where is the guest-chamber, which was named Gethsemane: and where I shall eat the passover with he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, my disciples ? And he will show you while I shall pray. And he taketh a large upper room furnished and with him Peter, and Janies, and prepared: there make ready for us. John, and began to be sore amazed, And his disciples went forth, and and to be very heavy; and saith unto came into the city, and found as he them, My soul is exceeding sorrow. had said unto them: and they made ful uinto death: tarry ye here and ready the passover. And in the watch. And he went forward a little, evening he cometh with the twelve. and fell on the ground, and prayed, And as they sat, and did eat, Jesus that, if it were possible, the hour said, Verily I say unto you, one of might pass from hin.
And he said, you which eateth with me shall be. Abba, Father, all things are possible tray me. And they began to be sor- unto thee. take rowful, and to say unto him one by me: nevertheless, not what I will
, one, Is it I ? And another said, Is but what thou wilt. And he cometh, it I? And he answered and said unto and findeth them slecping, and saith them, It is one of the twelve that dipunto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou ? peth with me in the dish. The Son couldest not thou watch one hour? of man indeed goeth, as it is written / Watch ye, and pray, lest ye enter
into temptation; the spirit truly is witness agreed not together.) And ready, but the flesh is weak. And there arose certain, and bare false witagain he went away, and prayed, and ness against him, saying, We heard spake the same words. And when him say, I will destroy this temple he returned, he found them asleep that is made with hands, and within again (for their eyes were heavy); three days I will build another made neither wist they what to answer him. without hands. But neither so did And he cometh the third time, and their witness agree together. And saith unto them, Sleep on now, and the high priest stood up in the midst, take your rest: it is enough, the hour and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest is come; behold, the Son of man is thou nothing ? what is it which these betrayed into the hands of sinners. witness against thee? But he beld his Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betray. peace, and answered nothing. Again eth me is at hand. And immediately, the high priest asked him, and said while he yet spake, cometh Judas, unto him, Art thou the CHRIST, the one of the twelve, and with him a Son of the Blessed ? And JESUS great multitude, with swords and said, I am: and ye shall see the Son staves, from the chief priests, and the of man sitting on the right hand of scribes, and the elders. And he that power, and coming in the clouds of betrayed him had given them a token, heaven. Then the high priest rent saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that his clothes, and saith, What need we same is he; take him, and lead him any further witnesses ? ye have heard away safely. And as soon as he was the blasphemy: what think ye? And come, he goeth straightway to him, they all condemned him to be guilty and saith, Master, Master ; and kiss- of death. And some began to spit on ed him. And they laid their hands him, and to cover his face, and to on him, and took him. And one of buffet him, and to say unto him, Prothem that stood by drew a sword, and phesy. And the servants did strike sınote a servant of the high priest, him with the palms of their hands. and cut off his ear. And Jesus an. And as Peter was beneath in the pa. swered and said unto them, Are ye lace, there cometh one of the maids of come out as agaiņst a thief, with the high priest ; and when she saw swords and with stáves, to take me ? Peter warming himself, she looked I was daily with you in the temple, upon him, and said, And thou also teaching, and ye took me not; but wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled. And he denied, saying, I know not, neither they all forsook him, and fed. And understand I what thou sayest. And there followed him a certain young he went out into the porch; and the man, having a linen cloth cast about cock crew. And a maid saw him his naked body; and the young inen again, and began to say to them that laid hold on him. And he left the stood by, This is one of them. And linen cloth, and fled from them naked. he denied it again. And a little after, And they led JESUS away to the they that stood by said again to Peter, high priest : and with him were as- Surely thou art one of them; for thou sembled all the chief priests, and the art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth elders, and the scribes. And Peter thereto. But he began to curse and followed him afar off, even into the to swear, saying, I know not this palace of the high priest : and he sat man of whom ye speak. And the with the servants, and warmed him- second time the cock crew. And self at the fire. And the chief priests, Peter called to mind the word that aud all the council, sought for witness Jesus said unto him, Before the against Jesus to put him to death; cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me and found none.
(For many bare thrice. And when he thought therofalse witness against him, but their lon he wept.
TUESDAY BEFORE EASTER. with him, who had committed murder
For the Epistle. Isaiah 1. 5. in the insurrection. And the multiTHE LORD God hath opened mine tude, crying aloud, began to desire
hiin to do as he bad ever done unto ear, and I was not rebellious, neither
them. But Pilate answered them, turned away back.
I gave my
back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them saying, Will ye that I release unto that plucked off the hair: I hid not you the King of the Jews? (For he my face from shame and spitting. vered him for envy.) But the chief
knew that the chief priests had deliFor the LORD God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded; priests moved the people, that he therefore have I set my face like a
should rather release Barabbas unto flint, and I know that I'shall not be them. And Pilate answered, and said ashamed. He is near that justifieth again unto them, What will me; who will contend with me ? let that I shall do unto him whom ye call as stand together ; who is mine ad- the King of the Jews? And they versary ? let him come near to me. Pilate said unto them, Why, what
cried out again, Crucify him. Then Behold, the LORD God will help me ; evil bath he done? And they cried who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a gar: him. And so Pilate, willing to con
out the more exceedingly, Crucify ment: the moth shall eat them Who is among you that feareth the tent the people, released Barabbas LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his unto them; and delivered JESUS, servant, that walketh in darkness, when he had scourged him, to be and hath no light? let him trust in crucified. And the soldiers led him the name of the LORD, and stay upon away into the hall, called Prætorium; his God. Behold, all ye that kindle and they called together the whole
band. a fire, that compass yourselves about
And they clothed him with with sparks; walk in the light of purple, and platted a crown of thorns, your fire, and in the sparks that ye to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews.
it about his head, and began have kindled. This shall of mine hand, ye shall lie down in And they smote him on the head with
a reed, and did spit upon him, and
Lowing their knees worshipped him. The Gospel. St. Mark xv. 1. And when they had mocked him they AND straightway in the morning, took off the purple from him, and put the chief priests héld a consultation his own clothes on him, and led him with the elders and scribes, and the out to crucify him. And they comwhole council, and bound Jesus, and pel one Simon, a Cyrenian, who passcarried him away, and delivered him ed by, coming out of the country, the to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, Art father of Alexander and Rufus, to thou the king of the Jews? And he bear his cross. And they bring him answering said unto him, Thou say unto the place Golgotha, which is, est it. And the chief priests accused being interpreted, the place of a skull
. him of many things : but he answer. And they gave him to drink wine ed nothing;
And Pilate asked him mingled with myrrh; but he received again, saying, Answerest thou no- it not. And when they had crucified thing? behold how many things they him, they parted his garments, castwitness against thee. But Jesus ing lots upon them, what every man yet answered nothing: so that Pilate should take. And it was the third marvelled. Now at that feast he re- hour, and they crucified him. And leased unto them one prisoner, whom the supersuription of his accusation soever they desired. And there was was written over, THE KING OF one named Barabbas, which lay bound THE JEWS. And with him they with them that had made insurrcction Icrucify two thicves; the one on his
right hand, and the other on his left. scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinAnd the Scripture was fulfilled, which kled both the book, and all the people, saith, And he was numbered with the saying, This is the blood of the testa transgressors. And they that passed ment which God hath enjoined unto by railed on him, wagging their you. Moreover, he sprinkled likeheads, and saying, Ah, thou that de wise with blood both the tabernacle, stroyest the temple, and buildest it in and all the vessels of the ministry. three days, save thyself, and come And almost all things are by the law down from the cross. Likewise also purged with blood ; and without shedthe chief priests mocking, said among ding of blood is no remission. It was themselves, with the scribes, He saved therefore necessary that the patterns others, himself he cannot save. Let of things in the heavens should be Christ the King of Israel descend purified with these; but the heavenly now from the cross, that we may see things themselves with better sacri. and believe. And they that were fices than these. For CHRIST is not crucified with him reviled him. And entered into the holy places made with when the sixth hour was come, there hands, which are the figures of the was darkness over the whole land, true ; but into heaven itself, now to until the ninth hour. And at the appear in the presence of God for us : ninth hour, JESUS cried with a loud nor yet that he should offer himself voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sa-often, as the high priest entereth into bachthani? which is, being interpret- the holy place every year with blood ed, My God, my God, why hast thou of others : (for then must he often forsaken me? And some of them that have suffered since the foundation of stood by, when they heard it, said, the world,) but now once, in the end Behold, he calleth Elias. And one of the world, hath he appeared to put ran and filled a sponge full of vine. away sin by the sacrifice of himself. gar, and put it on a reed, and gave And as it is appointed unto men once him to drink, saying, Let alone ; let to die, but after this the judgment: so us see whether Elias will come to CHRIST was once offered to bear the take him down. And Jesus cried sins of many; and unto them that with a loud voice, and gave up the look for him shall he appear the second ghost. And the vail of the temple time, without sin, unto salvation. was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom. And when the Centurion,
The Gospel, St. Luke xxii. 1. which stood over against him, saw
NOW the feast of unleavened that he so cried out, and gave up the bread drew nigh, which is called the ghost, he said, Truly this man was Passover. And the chief priests and the Son of God.
scribes sought how they might kill
him; for they feared the people. Then WEDNESDAY BEFORE EASTER.
entered Satan into Judas, surnamed
Iscariot, being of the number of the The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16. twelve. And he went his way,
and WHERE a. testament is, there communed with the chief priests and must also of necessity be the death of captains how he might betray him che testator : for a testament is of unto them. And they were glad, and force after men are dead; otherwise covenanted to give him money. And it is of no strength at all, whilst the he promised, and sought opportunity testator liveth. Whereupon, neither to hetray him unto them in the abthe first testament was dedicated with sence of the multitude. Then came out blood. For when Moses had the day of unleavened bread, when the spoken every precept to all the people, passover must be killed. And he sent according to the law, he took the blood Peter and John, saying, Go, and pre. of calves and of goats, with water, and I pare us the passover, that we may eat