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ter followed him afar off, even his face, and to buffet him, and into the palace of the high priest; to say unto him, Prophesy: and and he sat with the servants, the servants did strike him with and warmed himself at the fire. the palms of their hands. And And the chief priests and all as Peter was beneath in the pathe council sought for witness a- lace there cometh one of the gainst Jesus to put him to death; maids of the high priest; and and found none. For many bare when she saw Peter warming false witness against him, but himself she looked upon him, their witness agreed not toge- and said, And thou also wast ther. And there arose certain, with Jesus of Nazareth. But he and bare false witness against denied, saying, I know not, neihim, saying, We heard him say, ther understand I what thou I will destroy this temple that sayest. And he went out into is made with hands, and within the porch ; and the cock crew. three days I will build another And a maid saw him again, and made without hands. But nei- began to say to them that stood ther so did their witness agree by, This is one of them. And together. And the high priest he denied it again. And a little stood up in the midst, and asked after, they that stood by said aJesus, saying, Answerest thou gain to Peter, Surely thou art nothing ? what is it which these one of them; for thou art a witness against thee? But he Galilean, and thy speech agreeth held his peace, and answered thereto. But he began to curse nothing. Again the high priest and to swear, saying, I know not asked him, and said unto him, this man of whom ye speak. And Art thou the Christ, the Son of the second time the cock crew. the Blessed? And Jesus said, And Peter called to mind the I am; and ye shall see the Son word that Jesus said unto him, of Man sitting on the right hand Before the cock crow twice, thou of power, and coming in the shalt deny me thrice. And when clouds of heaven. Then the high he thought thereon, he wept. priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further wit

Tuesday before Easter. nesses ? ye have heard the blas- For the Epistle. Isai. 1. 5. phemy: what think ye? And

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THE Lord God hath opened they all condemned him to be mine

and I was not guilty of death. And some be- rebellious, neither turned away gan to spit on him, and to cover | back. I gave my back to the

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smiters, and my cheeks to them And he answering said unto that plucked off the hair : I hid him, Thou sayest it. And the not my face from shame and chief priests accused him of many spitting. For the Lord God will things : but he answered nohelp me, therefore shall I not thing. And Pilate asked him abe confounded: therefore have gain, saying, Answerest thou noI set my face like a flint, and I thing? behold how many things know that I shall not be asham- they witness against thee. But ed. He is near that justifieth Jesus yet answered nothing : so me; who will contend with me? that Pilate marvelled. Now at Let us stand together; who is that feast he released unto them mine adversary ? let him come one prisoner, whomsoever they near to me. Behold, the Lord desired. And there was God will help me; who is he named Barabbas,

Barabbas, which lay that shall condemn me? Lo, bound with them that had made they all shall wax old as a gar- insurrection with him, who had ment: the moth shall eat them committed murder in the insurup. Who is among you that rection. And the multitude, cryfeareth the Lord, that obeyeth ing aloud, began to desire him the voice of his servant, that to do as he had ever done unto walketh in darkness, and hath them. But Pilate answered them, no light? let him trust in the saying, Will ye that I release Name of the Lord, and stay up- unto you the King of the Jews? on his God. Behold, all ye that For he knew that the chief kindle a fire, that compass your- priests had delivered him for selves about with sparks ; walk envy. But the chief priests movin the light of your fire, and ined the people, that he should the sparks that ye

have kindled. rather release Barabbas unto This shall ye have of mine hand, them. And Pilate answered, ye

shall lie down in sorrow. and said again unto them, What The Gospel. St. Mark xv. 1. will

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then that I shall do unto ND straightway in the morn- him whom ye call the King of ing the chief priests held a

the Jews? And they cried out consultation with the elders, and again, Crucify him. Then Piscribes, and the whole council, late said unto them, Why, what and bound Jesus, and carried evil hath he done ? And they him away, and delivered him to cried out the more exceedingly, Pilate. And Pilate asked him, Crucify him. And so Pilate, Art thou the King of the Jews ? | willing to content the people,

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released Barabbas unto them, | hand, and the other on his left. and delivered Jesus, when he And the scripture was fulfilled, had scourged him, to be cruci- which saith, And he was numfied. And the soldiers led him bered with the transgressors. away into the hall, called Præ- | And they that passed by railed torium; and they call together on him, wagging their heads, and the whole band. And they cloth- saying, Ah, thou that destroyest ed him with purple, and platted the temple, and buildest it in a crown of thorns, and put it a- three days, save thyself, and bout his head : and began to sa- come down from the cross. Likelute him, Hail, King of the Jews. wise also the chief priests mockAnd they smote him on the head ing said among themselves, with with a reed, and did spit upon the scribes, He saved others; him, and bowing their knees himself he cannot save. Let worshipped him And when Christ the King of Israel descend they had mocked him they took now from the cross, that we may off the purple from him, and put see and believe. And they that his own clothes on him, and led were crucified with him reviled him out to crucify him. And him. And when the sixth hour they compel one Simon a Cyre- was come, there was darkness nian, who passed by, coming out over the whole land until the of the country, the father of A. ninth hour. And at the ninth lexander and Rufus, to bear his hour Jesus cried with a loud cross. And they bring him un- voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama to the place Golgotha, which is, sabachthani? which is, being inbeing interpreted, The place of terpreted, My God, my God, a scull. And they gave him to why hast thou forsaken me? drink wine mingled with myrrh; And some of them that stood but he received it not. And by, when they heard it, said, when they had crucified him they Behold, he calleth Elias. And parted his garments, casting lots one ran and filled a spunge full upon them, what every man of vinegar, and put it on a reed, should take. And it was the and gave him to drink, saying, third hour, and they crucified Let alone; let us see whether him. And the superscription of Elias will come to take him his accusation was written over, down. And Jesus cried with THE KING OF THE JEWS. a loud voice, and gave up the And with him they crucify two ghost. And the vail of the temthieves, the one on his right ple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when Christ is not entered into the the centurion, which stood over holy places made with hands, against him, saw that he so cried which are the figures of the true, out, and gave up the ghost, he but into heaven itself, now to apsaid, Truly this man was the pear in the presence of God for Son of God.

us; nor yet that he should offer

himself often, as the high priest Wednesday before Easter.

entereth into the holy place every The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16. year with blood of others : for WHE

HERE a testament is, then must he often have suffered

there must also of neces- since the foundation of the world; sity be the death of the testator : but now once in the end of the for a testament is of force after world hath he appeared to put men are dead; otherwise it is of away sin by the sacrifice of himno strength at all whilst the tes- self. And as it is appointed unto tator liveth. Whereupon, nei

Whereupon, nei- men once to die, but after this ther the first testament was de- the judgement: so Christ was dicated without blood : for when once offered to bear the sins of Moses had spoken every precept many; and unto them that look to all the people, according to for him shall he appear the sethe law, he took the blood of cond time without sin unto salcalves and of goats, with water, vation. and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 1. sprinkled both the book, and all

feast of unleavened

bread drew nigh, which is blood of the testament, which called the Passover. And the God hath enjoined unto you. chief priests and scribes sought Moreover, he sprinkled with how they might kill him; for blood both the tabernacle, and they feared the people. Then enall the vessels of the ministry. tered Satan into Judas surnamAnd almost all things are by ed Iscariot, being of the number the law purged with blood; and of the twelve. And he went his without shedding of blood is way, and communed with the no remission. It was therefore chief priests and captains, how necessary that the patterns of he might betray him unto them. things in the heavens should And they were glad, and covebe purified with these; but the nanted to give him money. And heavenly things themselves with he promised, and sought opporbetter sacrifices than these. For tunity to betray him unto them

the people, saying, This is the Now the feast of unleavened

in the absence of the multitude. thanks, and brake it, and gave Then came the day of unleaven- unto them, saying, This is my ed bread, when the passover must body, which is given for you: be killed. And he sent Peter and this do in remembrance of me. John, saying, Go and prepare us Likewise also the cup after supthe passover, that we may eat. per, saying, This cup is the new And they said unto him, Where testament in my blood, which is wilt thou that we prepare ? And shed for you. But behold, the he said unto them, Behold, when hand of him that betrayeth me ye are entered into the city, there is with me on the table. And shall a man meet you, bearing a truly the Son of Man goeth as it pitcher of water; follow him into was determined; but wo unto the house where he entereth in. that man by whom he is betrayAnd

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shall say unto the good- ed. And they began to enquire man of the house, The Master among themselves, which of them saith unto thee, Where is the it was that should do this thing. guest-chamber, where I shall eat And there was also a strife athe passover with my disciples ? mong them, which of them should And he shall shew you a large be accounted the greatest. And upper room furnished; there he said unto them, The kings of make ready. And they went, the Gentiles exercise lordship and found as he had said unto over them, and they that exerthem: and they made ready the cise authority upon them are passover. And when the hour called benefactors. But

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shall was come he sat down, and the not be so: but he that is greattwelve Apostles with him. And est among you, let him be as the he said unto them, With desire younger; and he that is chief, I have desired to eat this pass

as he that doth serve. For wheover with you before I suffer : ther is greater, he that sitteth at for I say unto you, I will not meat, or he that serveth ? is not any more eat thereof, until it be he that sitteth at meat ? but I fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. am among you as he that servAnd he took the cup, and gave eth. Ye are they which have thanks, and said, Take this, and continued with me in my tempdivide it among yourselves. For tations. And I appoint unto you I

say you, I will not drink a kingdom, as my Father hath of the fruit of the vine, until the appointed unto me; that ye may Kingdom of God shall come. eat and drink at my table in my And he took bread, and gave kingdom, and sit on thrones,

unto you,

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