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persuaded the multitude that they found a man of .Cyrene, they should ask Barabbas, and Simon by name ; him they destroy JESUS. The governor compelled to bear his cross. answered and said unto them, And when they were come unto Whether of the twain will ye a place called "Golgotha, that is that I release unto you? They to say, a place of a skull, they said, Barabbas. Pilate saith gave him vinegar to drink minunto them, What shall I do gled with gall; and when he then with Jesus, which is called had tasted thereof, he would CHRIST ? They all say unto not drink. And they crucified him, Let him be crucified. And him, and parted his garments, the

governor said, Why, what casting lots : that it might be evil hath he done? But they fulfilled, which was spoken by cried out the more, saying, Let the prophet, They parted my him be crucified. When Pilate garments among them, and saw that he could prevail no- upon my vesture did they cast thing, but that rather a tumult lots. And sitting down, they was made, he took water, and watched him there ; and set washed his hands before the up over his head his accusamultitude, saying, I am innocent tion written, THIS IS JESUS of the blood of this just person: THE KING OF THE JEWS. see ye to it. Then answered all Then were there two thieves the people, and said, His blood crucified with him, one on the be on us, and on our children. right hand, and another on the Then released he Barabbas left. And they that passed by unto them: and when he had reviled him, wagging their scourged Jesus, he delivered heads, and saying, Thou that him to be crucified. Then destroyest the temple, and the soldiers of the governor buildest it in three days, save took Jesus into the common- thyself: if thou be the Son of hall, and gathered unto him the God, come down from the cross. whole band of soldiers. And Likewise also the chief priests, they stripped him, and put mocking him, with the scribes on him a scarlet robe. And and elders, said, He saved when they had platted a crown others, himself he cannot save: of thorns, they put it upon his if he be the King of Israel, let head, and a reed in his right him now come down from the hand; and they bowed the knee cross, and we will believe him. before him, and mocked him, He trusted in God; let him saying, Hail, King of the Jews! deliver him now, if he will And they spit upon him, and have him : for he said, I am took the reed and smote him the Son of God. The thieves on the head. And after that also which were crucified with they had mocked him, they him, cast the same in his teeth took the robe off from him, and Now from the sixth hour there put his own raiment on him, was darkness over all the land, and led him away to crucify unto the ninth hour. And him. And as they came out, | about the ninth hour, Jesus

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cried with a loud voice, saying, press alone, and of the people Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ? there was none with me: for I that is to say, My God, my God, will tread them in mine anger, why hast thou forsaken me ? and trample them in my fury, Some of them that stood there, and their blood shall be sprinkwhen they heard that, said, led upon my garments, and I This man calleth for Elias. will stain all my raiment. For And straightway one of them the day of vengeance is in mine ran, and took a spunge, and heart, ar the year of my refilled it with vinegar, and put deemed is come. And I looked, it on a reed, and gave him to and there was none to help ; drink. The rest said, Let be, and I wondered that there was let us see whether Elias will none to uphold: therefore mine

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Jesus, own arm brought salvation unto when he had cried again with me; and my fury it upheld me. a loud voice, yielded up the And I will tread down the peoghost. And behold, the vail of ple in mine anger, and make the temple was rent in twain, them drunk in my fury, and I from the top to the bottom; will bring down their strength and the earth did quake, and to the earth. I will mention the the rocks rent; and the graves loving kindnesses of the LORD, were opened; and many bodies and the praises of the LORD, of saints which slept, arose, and according to all that the LORD came out of the graves after his hath bestowed on us, and the resurrection, and went into the great goodness towards the holy city, and appeared unto house of Israel, which he hath many. Now when the Centu- bestowed on them, according rion, and they that were with to his mercies, and according him watching Jesus, saw the to the multitude of his loving earthquake, and those things kindnesses. For he said, Surely that were done, they feared they are my people, children greatly, saying, Truly this was that will not lie: So he was the Son of God.

their Saviour. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved

them: in his love and in his For the Epistle. Isaiah lxiii. 1. pity he redeemed them, and he

WHO is this that cometh bare them, and carried them from Edom, with dyed gar- all the days of old. But they ments from Bozrah? this that rebelled, and vexed his Holy is glorious in his apparel, Spirit : therefore he was turntravelling in the greatness of ed to be their enemy, and he his strength? I that speak in fought against them. Then he righteousness, mighty to save. remembered the days of old, Wherefore art thou red in thine Moses and his people, saying, apparel, and thy garments like Where is he that brought them him that treadeth in the wine-up out of the sea, with the fat? I have trodden the wine-shepherd of his flock? Where

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is he that put his HOLY SPIRIT | the feast day, lest there be an within him ? that led them by uproar of the people. And the right hand of Moses, with being in Bethany, in the house his glorious arm dividing the of Simon the leper, as he sat water before them, to make at meat, there came a woman himself an everlasting name? having an alabaster box of That led them through the deep ointment of spikenard, very as an horse in the wilderness, precious; and she brake the that they should not stumble ? box, and poured it on his head. As a beast goeth down into the And there were some that had valley, the Spirit of the LORD indignation within themselves, caused him to rest : so didst and said, Why was this waste thou lead thy people, to make of the ointment made ? for it thyself a glorious name. Look might have been sold for more down from heaven, and behold than three hundred pence, and from the habitation of thy holi- have been given to the poor. ness, and of thy glory : where And they murmured against is thy zeal, and thy strength, her. And Jesus said, Let her the sounding of thy bowels, alone : why trouble ye her? and of thy mercies towards me? She hath wrought a good work are they restrained ? Doubtless on me: for ye have the poor thou art our Father, though with you always, and whensoAbraham be ignorant of us, ever ye will, ye may do them and Israel acknowledge us not: good; but me ye have not thou, O LORD, art our Father, always. She hath done what our Redeemer ; thy name is she could; she is come aforefrom everlasting. O LORD, hand to anoint my body to the why hast thou made us to err burying. Verily I say unto from thy ways, and hardened you, Wheresoever this Gospel our heart from thy fear? Re- shall be preached throughout turn, for thy servants' sake, the the whole world, this also that tribes of thine inheritance. The she hath done shall be spoken people of thy holiness have of, for a memorial of her. possessed it but a little while: And Judas Iscariot, one of the our adversaries have trodden twelve, went unto the chief down thy sanctuary. We are priests, to betray him unto thine : thou never barest rule them. And when they heard it, over them; they were not call- they were glad, and promised ed by thy name.

to give him money. And he The Gospel. St. Mark xiv. 1. niently betray him.

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And the AFTER two days was the first day of unleavened bread, feast of the Passover, and of when they killed the passover, unleavened bread : and the his disciples said unto him, chief priests and the scribes Where wilt thou that we go sought how they might take and prepare, that thou mayest him by craft, and put him to eat the passover? And he senddeath. But they said, Not on) eth forth two of his disciples,

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and saith unto them, Go ye into God. And when they had sung the city; and there shall meet an hymn, they went out into you a man bearing a pitcher the mount of Olives. And of water: follow him. And Jesus saith unto them, All ye wheresoever he shall go in, shall be offended because of me say ye to the good man of the this night: for it is written, I house, The Master saith, Where will smite the shepherd, and is the guest-chamber, where I the sheep shall be scattered. shall eat the passover with my But after that I am risen, I will disciples? And he will show you go before you into Galilee. But a large upper room furnished Peter said unto him, Although and prepared: there make ready all shall be offended, yet will

And his disciples went not I. And Jesus saith unto forth, and came into the city, him, Verily I say unto thee, that and found as he had said unto this day, even in this night, them: and they made ready the before the cock crow twice, passover. And in the evening thou shalt deny me thrice. But ħe cometh with the twelve. he spake the more vehemently, And as they sat, and did eat, If I should die with thee, I will JESUS said, Verily I say unto not deny thee in you, one of you which eateth Likewise also said they all. with me shall betray me. And And they came to a place which they began to be sorrowful, was named Gethsemane : and and to say unto him one by he saith to his disciples, Sit ye one, Is it I ? And another said, here, while I shall pray. And Is it I ? And he answered and he taketh with him Peter, and said unto them, It is one of the James, and John, and began to twelve that dippeth with me in be sore amazed, and to be very the dish. The Son of man heavy; and saith unto them, indeed goeth, as it is written My soul is exceeding sorrowful of him: but wo to that man by unto death : tarry ye here and whom the Son of man is be- watch. And he went forward trayed ! good were it for that a little, and fell on the ground, man if he had never been born. and prayed, that, if it were And as they did eat, Jesus took possible, the hour might pass bread, and blessed, and brake from him. And he said, Abba, it, and gave to them, and said, Father, all things are possible Take, eat: this is my body. unto thee: take away this cup And he took the cup, and when from me : nevertheless, not he had given thanks, he gave it what I will, but what thou wilt. to them: and they all drank of And he cometh, and findeth it. And he said unto them, them sleeping, and saith unto This is my blood of the new Peter, Simon, sleepest thou ? testament, which is shed for couldest not thou watch one many. Verily I say unto you, hour? Watch ye, and pray, lest

I I will drink no more of the fruit ye enter into temptation ; the of the vine until that day that I spirit truly is ready, but the drink it new in the kingdom of flesh is weak. And again he

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

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