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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.
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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, Answerest thou nothing? Behold, how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet anfwered nothing: To that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner whomsoever they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection 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 moved 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 heari, and began to falute hin, Hail king of the Jews. And they fmote him on the head with a reed, and 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 clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon'a 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 lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. And the superfcription 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 he was numbered with the transgreffors. And they that paffed by, railed on him, wagging their heads, and faying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildeft it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking ; faid

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themselves, with the scribes, He saved others, himself he cannot save. Lec Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see 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, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacbebani ? 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 catleth 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 see whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion which ftood over against him, saw that he lo cried out, and gave up the ghof, he said, Truly this man was the son of Cud.

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Wednesday before Easter.

The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16.
THERE a testament is, there must also of necessity be

the death of the testator : for a testament is of force atter men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all whilst the testator liveth. Whereupon, neither the first teľtament was dedicated without blood. For when Mofes had spoken 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 purg ed with blood : and without shedding of blood is no remilfion. It was therefore necessary, that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better facrifices than these. 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 ofren, as the high Priest enterech 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, hach he appeared to put away sin by the facrifice of himself. 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 time without fin uaco falvation.

The Gospel. St Luke xxii. 1.
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called the pafliver. And the chief priefts and scribes fught how they might kill him ; for they feared the people

. Then entered Satan into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, being of the nunber of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief prie!ts, and captains, how he might

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betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, ani sought o; portunity to betray him unto them, in the absence of the multitude. Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the pallover 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 Mafter 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 passover with you before I suffer. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the king. dom of God. And he took the cup, and give thanks, and faid, Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I fay unto you, I will nor drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread; 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 thac betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, aj

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 lordihip over them; and they thac exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors. Buc ye shall not be so : but he that is greatest among you, let hìın be as the younger and he that is chief, as he that

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doth ferve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth ? is not be that sitteth at meat? but I am anong you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a Kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me, that ye may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and fit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And the Lord faid, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may fift you as wheat: But I have prayed for three, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he faid, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they faid, Nothing. Then said he unto them, but now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written, must yet be accomplished in me. And he was reckoned among the tranfgreffors : for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he faid unto them, It is enough. And he came out, and went as he was wont, to the mount of Olives, and his dif. ciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he faid unto them, Pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stones cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he

up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them feeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Why Deep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. And while he yet fpake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before thein, and drew near unto

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