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and John, saying, Go, and pre-Son of man goeth as it was pare us the passover, that we determined; but wo unto that may eat. And they said unto man by whom he is betrayed ! him, Where wilt thou that we And they began to inquire prepare ? And he said unto among themselves, which of them, Behold, when ye are en- them it was that should do this tered into the city, there shall thing. And there was also a a man meet you bearing a strife among them, which of pitcher of water; follow him them should be accounted the into the house where he enter- greatest.
And he said unto eth in. And
shall say unto them, The kings of the Genthe good man of the house, tiles exercise lordship over The Master saith unto thee, them; and they that exercise Where is the guest-chamber, authority upon them are called where I shall eat the passover benefactors. But
shall not with my disciples ? And he be so : but he that is greatest shall show you a large upper among you, let him be as the room furnished : there make younger; and he that is chief, ready. And they went and as he that doth serve. For found as he had said unto them; whether is greater, he that sitand they made ready the pass- teth at meat, or he that serveth?
And when the hour was is not he that sitteth at meat? come, he sat down, and the But I am among you as he that twelve Apostles with him. And serveth. Ye are they which he said unto them, with desire have continued with me in my I have desired to eat this pass- temptations. And I appoint over with you before I suffer. unto you a kingdom, as my For I say unto you, I will not Father hath appointed unto me: any more eat thereof, until it that ye may eat and drink at be fulfilled in the kingdom of my table in my kingdom, and God. And he took the cup, sit on thrones, judging the and gave thanks, and said, Take twelve tribes of Israel. And this, and divide it among your the Lord said, Simon, Simon, selves. For I say unto you, I behold, Satan hath desired to will not drink of the fruit of the have you, that he may sift you vine, until the kingdom of God as wheat: but I have prayed shall come. And he took bread, for thee, that thy faith fail not; and gave thanks, and brake it, and when thou art converted, and gave unto them, saying, strengthen thy brethren. And This is my body, which is given he said unto him, Lord, I am for you : this do in remem- ready to go with thee both into brance of me. Likewise also prison and to death. And he the cup after supper, saying, said, I tell thee, Peter, the This cup is the new testament cock shall not crow this day, in my blood, which is shed for before that thou shalt thrice you. But behold, the hand of deny that thou knowest me. him that betrayeth me is with And he said unto them, When me on the table. And truly the I sent you without purse, and
scrip, and shoes, lacked ye him, Judas, betrayest thou the any thing? And they said, Son of man with a kiss? When Nothing. Then said he unto they which were about him saw them, But now he that hath a what would follow, they said purse, let him take it, and like- unto him, Lord, shall we smite wise his scrip: and he that with the sword ? and one of hath no sword, let him sell his them smote the servant of the garment and buy one. For I high priest, and cut off his right say unto you, that this that is ear. And Jesus answered and written must yet be accomplish- said, Suffer ye thus far. And ed in me, And he was reckoned he touched his ear, and healed among the transgressors : for him. Then JESUS said unto the things concerning me have the chief priests and captains an end. And they said, Lord, of the temple, and the elders behold, here are two swords. which were come to him, Be And he said unto them, It is ye come out as against a thief, enough. And he came out, with swords and staves ? When and went, as he was wont, to I was daily with you in the the mount of Olives ; and his temple, ye stretched forth no disciples also followed him. hands against me: but this is And when he was at the place, your hour, and the power of he said unto them, Pray that ye darkness. Then took they him, enter not into temptation. And and led him, and brought him he was withdrawn from them into the high priest's house. about a stone's cast, and kneel- And Peter followed afar off. ed down, and prayed, saying, And when they had kindled a Father, if thou be willing, re- fire in the midst of the hall, and move this cup from me: never- were set down together, Peter theless, not my will, but thine sat down among them. But be done. And there appeared a certain maid beheld him, as an angel unto him from heaven, he sat by the fire, and earnestly strengthening him. And being looked upon him, and said, in an agony, he prayed more This man was also with him. earnestly; and his sweat was And he denied him, saying, as it were great drops of blood Woman, I know him not. And falling down to the ground. after a little while another saw And when he rose up from him, and said, Thou art also of prayer, and was come to his them. And Peter said, Man, I disciples, he found them sleep- am not. And about the space ing for sorrow; and said unto of one hour after, another conthem, Why sleep ye? rise and fidently affirmed, saying, Of a pray, lest ye enter into temp- truth, this fellow also was with tation. And while he yet spake, him; for he is a Galilean. And behold, a multitude, and he Peter said, Man, I know not that was called Judas, one of what thou sayest. And immethe twelve, went before them, diately, while he yet spake, the and drew near unto JESUS to cock crew. And the Lord kiss him. But Jesus said unto turned, and looked upon
and Peter remembered the words are approved may be made of the Lord, how he had said manifest among you. When unto him, Before the cock crow, ye come together therefore thou shalt deny me thrice. into one place, this is not to And Peter went out and wept eat the Lord's Supper. For, in bitterly. And the men that eating, every one taketh before held JEsus, mocked him, and other his own supper: and one smote him. And when they is hungry, and another is had blindfolded him, they struck drunken. What, have ye not him on the face, and asked him, houses to eat and to drink in? saying, Prophesy, who is it or despise ye the Church of that smote thee? And many God, and shame them that have other things blasphemously not? What shall I say to you? spake they against him. And, shall I praise you in this? I as soon as it was day, the elders praise you not. For I have of the people, and the chief received of the LORD that priests, and the scribes, came which also I delivered unto together, and led him into their you, That the Lord Jesus, the council, saying, Art thou the same night in which he was Christ? Tell us. And he said betrayed, took bread; and when unto them, If I tell you, ye will he had given thanks, he brake not believe : : and if I also ask it, and said, Take, eat; this is you, ye will not answer me, my body, which is broken for nor let me go. Hereafter shall you: this do in remembrance the Son of man sit on the right of me. After the same manner hand of the power of God. also he took the cup, when he Then said they all, Art thou had supped, saying, This cup then the Son of God? And he is the new testament in my said unto them, Ye say that I blood: this do ye, as oft as ye am. And they said, What need drink it, in remembrance of me. we any further witness ? for we For as often as ye eat this ourselves have heard of his bread, and drink this cup, ye own mouth.
do show the Lord's death till he come.
Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and
drink this cup of the LORD unThe Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17. worthily, shall be guilty of the The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17. body and blood of the Lord.
IN this that I declare unto But let a man examine himself, you, I praise you not; that and so let him eat of that bread, you come together not for the and drink of that
For he better, but for the worse. For that eateth and drinketh unfirst of all, when ye come worthily, eateth and drinketh together in the Church, I hear damnation to himself, not disthat there be divisions among cerning the Lord's body. For you; and I partly believe it. this cause many are weak and For there must be also heresies sickly among you, and many among you, that they which sleep. For if we would judge
THURSDAY BEFORE EASTER.
ourselves, we should not be questioned with him in many judged. But when we are words ; but he answered him judged, we are chastened of the nothing. And the chief priests Lord, that we should not be and scribes stood and vehecondemned with the world. mently accused him. And Wherefore, my brethren, when Herod with his men of war set ye come together to eat, tarry him at naught, and mocked one for another. And if any him, and arrayed him in a man hunger, let him eat at gorgeous robe, and sent him home; that ye. come not to- again to Pilate. And the same gether unto condemnation. And day Pilate and Herod were the rest will I set in order when made friends together; for I come.
before, they were at enmity The Gospel. St. Luke xxiii. 1. late, when he had called to
between themselves. And PiTHE whole multitude of gether the chief priests, and them arose, and led him unto the rulers, and the people, said Pilate. And they began to unto them, Ye have brought accuse him, saying, We found this man unto me, as one that this fellow perverting the na- perverteth the people : and tion, and forbidding to give behold, I, having examined him tribute to Cæsar, saying, that before you have found no fault he himself is Christ a king. in this man, touching those And Pilate asked him, saying, things whereof ye accuse him : Art thou the King of the Jews? no, nor yet Herod: for I sent And he answered him, and said, you to him ; and lo, nothing Thou sayest it. Then said worthy of death is done unto Pilate to the chief priests and him. I will therefore chastise to the people, I find no fault him, and release him.
For of in this man. And they were necessity he must release one the more fierce, saying, He unto them at the feast.) And stirreth up the people, teaching they cried out all at once, saythroughout all Jewry, begin- ing, Away with this man, and ning from Galilee to this place. release unto us Barabbas ; (who When Pilate heard of Galilee, for a certain sedition made in he asked whether the man were the city, and for murder, was a Galilean. And as soon as he cast into prison.) Pilate, thereknew that he belonged unto fore, willing to release JESUS, Herod's jurisdiction, he sent spake again to them. But they him to Herod, who himself was cried, saying, Crucify him, also at Jerusalem at that time. crucify him. And he said unto And when Herod saw Jesus, them the third time, Why, what he was exceeding glad; for he evil hath he done ? I have found was desirous to see him of a no cause of death in him : I long season, because he had will therefore chastise him, and heard many things of him; and let him go. And they were he hoped to have seen some instant with loud voices, remiracle done by him. Then he quiring that he might be cruci
fied : and the voices of them, others ; let him save himself, and of the chief priests, pre- if he be CHRIST the chosen of vailed. And Pilate gave sen- God. And the soldiers also tence that it should be as they mocked him, coming to him, required. And he released unto and offering him vinegar, and them him that for sedition and saying, If thou be the King of murder was cast into prison, the Jews, save thyself,
And a whom they had desired: but superscription also was written he delivered Jesus to their will. over him in letters of Greek, And as they led him away, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS they laid hold upon one Simon, IS THE KING OF THE a Cyrenian, coming out of the JEWS. And one of the malecountry, and on him they laid factors, which were hanged, the cross, that he might bear railed on him, saying, If thou it after Jesus. And there be Christ, save thyself and followed him a great company us.
But the other answering, of people, and of women, who rebuked him, saying, Dost not also bewailed and lamented thou fear God, seeing thou art him. But Jesus turning unto in the same condemnation ? them, said, Daughters of Jerų. And we indeed justly; for we salem, weep not for me, but receive the due reward of our weep for yourselves, and for deeds ; but this man hath done your children.
For behold, nothing amiss. And he said the days are coming, in the unto Jesus, Lord, remember which they shall say, Blessed me when thou comest into thy are the barren, and the wombs kingdom. And Jesus said unto that never bare, and the paps him, Verily I say unto thee, which never gave suck. Then To-day shalt thou be with me shall they begin to say to the in Paradise. And it was about mountains, Fall on us; and to the sixth hour, and there was the hills, Cover us. For if they darkness over all the earth do these things in a green tree, until the ninth hour. And the what shall be done in the dry? sun was darkened, and the vail And there were also two other of the temple was rent in the malefactors, led with him to be midst. And when Jesus had put to death. And when they cried with a loud voice, he said, were come to the place which Father, into thy hands I comis called Calvary, there they mend my spirit: and having crucified him, and the malefac- said thus, he gave up the ghost. tors; one on the right hand, Now when the Centurion saw and the other on the left. Then what was done, he glorified said Jesus, Father, forgive God, saying, Certainly this was them, for they know not what a righteous man. And all the they do. And they parted his people that came together to raiment, and cast lots. And that sight, beholding the things the people stood beholding : that were done, smote their and the rulers also with them breasts and returned. And derided him, saying, He saved all his acquaintance, and the