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thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man
And they said unto him, Where wilt meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my meet you bearing a pitcher of water; temptations. And I appoint unto you follow him into the house where he a kingdom, as my Father hath apentereth in. And ye shall say unto pointed unto me: that ye may eat and the good man of the house, The Mas- drink at my table in my kingdom, and ter saith unto thee, Where is the sit on thrones, judging the twelve guest-chamber, where I shall eat the tribes of Israel. And the Lord said, passover with my disciples? And he Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath deshall show you a large upper room sired to have you, that he may sift furnished: there make ready. And you as wheat: but I have prayed for they went and found as he had said thee, that thy faith fail not; and when unto them; and they made ready the thou art converted, strengthen thy passover. And when the hour was brethren. And he said unto him, come, he sat down, and the twelve Lord, I am ready to go with thee apostles with him. And he said both into prison and to death. And unto them, with desire I have desired he said, tell thee, Peter, the cock to eat this passover with you before I shall not crow this day, before that suffer. For I say unto you, I will thou shalt thrice deny that thou knownot any more eat thereof, until it be est me. And he said unto them, When fulfilled in the kingdom of GOD. And sent you without purse, and scrip, he took the cup, and gave thanks, and and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And said, Take this, and divide it among they said, Nothing. Then said he yourselves. For I say unto you, unto them, But now he that hath a will not drink of the fruit of the vine, purse, let him take it, and likewise until the kingdom of GOD shall come. his scrip: and he that hath no sword, And he took bread, and gave thanks, let him sell his garment, and buy one. and brake it, and gave unto them, say. For I say unto you, that this that is ing, This is my body, which is given written must yet be accomplished in for you: this do in remembrance of me, And he was reckoned among the me. Likewise also the cup after sup- transgressors: for the things concern. per, saying, This cup is the new tes-ing me have an end. And they said, tament in my blood, which is shed for Lord, behold, here are two swords. you. But behold, the hand of him And he said unto them, It is enough. that betrayeth me is with me on the And he came out, and went, as he was table. And truly the Son of man go- wont, to the mount of Olives; and eth as it was determined; but wo his disciples also followed him. And unto that man by whom he is be when he was at the place, he said trayed! And they began to inquire into them, Pray that ye enter not among themselves, which of them it into temptation. And he was withwas that should do this thing. And drawn from them about a stone's cast, there was also a strife among them, and kneeled down, and praved, saywhich of them should be accounted ing, Father, if thou be willing, rethe greatest. And he said unto them, move this cup from me: nevertheThe kings of the Gentiles exercise less, not my will, but thine be done. lordship over them; and they that ex- And there appeared an angel unto ercise authority upon them are called him from heaven, strengthening him. benefactors. But ye shall not be so: And being in an agony, he prayed but he that is greatest among you, let more earnestly; and his sweat was him be as the younger; and he that as it were great drops of blood falling is chief, as he that doth serve. For down to the ground. And when he whether is greater, he that sitteth at rose up from prayer, and was come to
it that smote thee?
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his disciples, he found them sleeping | And the men that held JESUS, mocked for sorrow; and said unto them, Why him, and smote him. And when they sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter had blindfolded him, they struck him into temptation. And while he yet on the face, and asked him, saying, spake, behold, a multitude, and he Prophesy, who that was called Judas, one of the And many other things blasphemtwelve, went before them, and drew ously spake they against him. And, near unto JESUS to kiss him. But as soon as it was day, the elders of JESUS said unto him, Judas, betray- the people, and the chief priests, and est thou the Son of man with a kiss? the scribes, came together, and led When they which were about him him into their council, saying, Art saw what would follow, they said thou the Christ? Tell us. And he unto him, Lord, shall we smite with said unto them, If I tell you, ye will the sword? and one of them smote not believe: and if I also ask you, the servant of the high priest, and cut ye will not answer me, nor let me go. off his right ear. And JESUS an- Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on swered and said, Suffer ye thus far. the right hand of the power of God. And he touched his ear, and healed Then said they all, Art thou then the him. Then JESUS said unto the chief Son of God? And he said unto priests and captains of the temple, them, Ye say that I am. And they and the elders which were come to said, What need we any further wit him, Be ye come out as against a ness? for we ourselves have heard of thief, with swords and staves? his own mouth. When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, Then and the power of darkness. The Epistle. 1 Cor. took they him, and led him, and IN this that I declare unto you, I brought him into the high priest's praise you not; that you come tohouse. And Peter followed afar off. gether not for the better, but for the And when they had kindled a fire worse. For first of all, when ye in the midst of the hall, and were come together in the Church, I hear set down together, Peter sat down that there be divisions among you; among them. But a certain maid and I partly believe it. For there beheld him, as he sat by the fire, and must be also heresies among you, that earnestly looked upon him, and said, they which are approved may be This man was also with him. And made manifest among you. When he denied him, saying, Woman, I ye come together therefore into one know him not. And after a little place, this is not to eat the Lord's while another saw him, and said, Supper. For, in eating, every one Thou art also of them. And Peter taketh before other his own supper: said, Man, I am not. And about the and one is hungry, and another is space of one hour after, another con- drunken. What, have ye not houses fidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth, to eat and to drink in ? or despise ye this fellow also was with him; for he the Church of GOD and shame them is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, that have not? What shall I say to I know not what thou sayest. And you? shall I praise you in this? I immediately, while he yet spake, the praise you not. cock crew. And the Lord turned, of the LORD that which also I deliand looked upon Peter; and Peter re-vered unto you, That the Lord JEmembered the word of the Lord, how sus, the same night in which he was he had said unto him, Before the betrayed, took bread; and when he thou shalt deny me thrice. had given thanks, he brake it, and And Peter went out and wept bitterly. I said, Take, eat; this is my body
For I have received
which is broken for you; this do in Herod, who himself was also at Jeremembrance of me. After the same rusalem at that time. And when Hemanner also he took the cup, when he rod saw JESUS, he was exceeding had supped, saying, This cup is the glad; for he was desirous to see him new testament in my blood; this do of a long season, because he had heard ye, as oft as ye drink it, in re- many things of him; and he hoped membrance of me. For as often as to have seen some miracle done by ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, him. Then he questioned with him ye do show the LORD's death till he in many words; but he answered him come. Wherefore, whosoever shall nothing. And the chief priests and eat this bread, and drink this cup of scribes stood and vehemently accused the LORD unworthily, shall be guilty him. And Herod with his men of of the body and blood of the LORD. war set him at nought, and mocked But let a man examine himself, and him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous so let him eat of that bread, and drink robe, and sent him again to Pilate of that cup. For he that eateth and And the same day Pilate and Herod drinketh unworthily, eateth and were made friends together; for be drinketh damnation to himself, not fore, they were at enmity between discerning the LORD's body. For themselves. And Pilate, when he this cause many are weak and sickly had called together the chief priests, among you, and many sleep. For if and the rulers, and the people, said we would judge ourselves, we should unto them, Ye have brought this man not be judged. But when we are unto me, as one that perverteth the judged, we are chastened of the people: and behold, having exaLORD, that we should not be con- mined him before you, have found no demned with the world. Where- fault in this man, touching those fore, my brethren, when ye come things whereof ye accuse him: no, together to eat, tarry one for ano- nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; ther. And if any man hunger, let and lo, nothing worthy of death is him eat at home; that ye come not done unto him. I will therefore chas. together unto condemnation. And the tise him, and release him. (For of rest will I set in order when I come. necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas; (who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.) Pilate, therefore, willing to release JESUS, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will there. fore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be
The Gospel. St. Luke xxiii. 1. THE whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying, that he himself is CHRIST a king. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him, and said, Thou sayest it. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching crucified: and the voices of them, throughout all Jewry, beginning from and of the chief priests, prevailed. Galilee to this place. When Pilate And Pilate gave sentence that it heard of Galilee, he asked whether should be as they required. And he the man were a Galilean. And as released unto thein him that for sedisoon as he knew that he belonged un- tion and murder was cast into prison. to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to whom they had desired; but he deli
vered JESUS to their will. And as dom. And JESUS said unto him, they led him away, they laid hold Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming thou be with me in Paradise. And out of the country, and on him they it was about the sixth hour, and there laid the cross, that he might bear it was darkness over all the earth until after JESUS. And there followed him the ninth hour. And the sun was a great company of people, and of darkened, and the vail of the temple women, who also bewailed and la- was rent in the midst. And when mented him. But JESUS turning JESUS had cried with a loud voice, he unto them, said, Daughters of Jeru- said, Father, into thy hands I comsalem, weep not for me, but weep for mend my spirit: and having said thus, yourselves, and for your children. he gave up the ghost. Now when the For behold, the days are coming, in Centurion saw what was done, he the which they shall say, Blessed are glorified GOD, saying, Certainly this the barren, and the wombs that never was a righteous man. And all the bare, and the paps which never gave people that came together to that suck. Then shall they begin to say eight, beholding the things that were to the mountains, Fall on us; and to done, smote their breasts and rethe bills, Cover us. For if they do turned. And all his acquaintance, these things in a green tree, what and the women that followed him shall be done in the dry? And there from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding were also two other malefactors, led these things. with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him and the malefactors; one on the ALMIGHTY GOD, we beseech thee right hand, and the other on the left. Then said JESUS, Father, forgive graciously to behold this thy family, them, for they know not what they do. for which our Lord JESUS CHRIST And they parted his raiment, and was contented to be betrayed, and cast lots. And the people stood be-given up into the hands of wicked holding: and the rulers also with men, and to suffer death upon the them derided him, saying, He saved cres, who now liveth and reigneth others; let him save himself, if he be with thee and the HOLY GHOST, ever CHRIST the chosen of GOD. And the one GOD, world without end. Amen. soldiers also mocked him, coming to ALMIGHTY and everlasting him, and offering him vinegar, and GOD, by whose Spirit the whole body saying, If thou be the King of the of the Church is governed and sancJews, save thyself. And a super-tified; receive our supplications and scription also was written over him prayers, which we offer before thee in letters of Greek, and Latin, and for all estates of men in thy holy Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF Church, that every member of the THE JEWS. And one the male- same, in his vocation and ministry, factors, which were hanged, railed on may truly and godly serve thee, him, saying, If thou be CHRIST, through our Lord and Saviour JE. save thyself and us. But the other SUS CHRIST. Amen. answering, rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear GOD, seeing thou art in the same condemnation ? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man should be converted and live; have hath done nothing amiss. And he mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infi said unto JESUS, Lord, remember dels, and Heretics; and take from me when thou comest into thy king-them all ignorance, hardness of heart,
O MERCIFUL GOD, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor desirest the death of a sinner, but rather that he
and contempt of thy word; and so fetch them home, blessed LORD, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one Shepherd, JESUS CHRIST our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the HOLY SPIRIT, one GOD, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Heb. x. 1.
whereof the HOLY GHOST also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that will make with them after those days, saith the LORD; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now, where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having, therefore, brethren, boldness THE law having a shadow of good to enter into the holiest by the blood things to come, and not the very im- of JESUS, by a new and living way, age of the things, can never, with which he hath consecrated for us those sacrifices which they offered through the vail, that is to say, his year by year continually, make the flesh; and having a high priest over comers thereunto perfect. For then, the house of GOD; let us draw near would they not have ceased to be with a true heart, in full assurance offered? because that the worship- of faith, having our hearts sprinkled pers, once purged, should have had from an evil conscience, and our bono more conscience of sins. But in dies washed with pure water. Let those sacrifices there is a remem- us hold fast the profession of our brance again made of sins every faith without wavering; (for he is year. For it is not possible that the faithful that promised;) and let us blood of bulls and of goats should consider one another to provoke unto take away sins. Wherefore, when love, and to good works; not for he cometh into the world, he saith, saking the assembling of ourselves Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest together, as the manner of some is; not, but a body hast thou prepared but exhorting one another: and so me: in burnt-offerings and sacrifices much the more, as ye see the day for sin thou hast had no pleasure: then said I, Lo, I come (in the vo The Gospel. St. John xix. 1. lume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O GOD. Above, PILATE therefore took JESUS, when he said, Sacrifice, and offering, and scourged him. And the soldiers and burnt-offerings, and offering for platted a crown of thorns, and put it sin, thou wouldest not, neither hadst on his head, and they put on him a pleasure therein, which are offered purple robe, and said, Hail, King of by the law; then said he, Lo, I come the Jews! and they smote him with to do thy will, O GOD. He taketh their hands. Pilate therefore went away the first, that he may establish forth again, and saith unto them, Bethe second. By the which will we hold, I bring him forth to you, that are sanctified, through the offering of ye may know that I find no fault in the body of JESUS CHRIST once for him. Then came JESUS forth, wearall. And every priest standeth daily ing the crown of thorns, and the purministering and offering oftentimes ple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, the same sacrifices, which can never Behold the man. When the chief take away sins. But this man, after priests therefore and officers saw he had offered one sacrifice for sins, him, they cried out, saying, Crucify for ever sat down on the right hand him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto of GOD; from henceforth expecting them, Take ye him, and crucify till his enemies be made his footstool. him; for I find no fault in him. The For by one offering he hath perfected Jews answered him, We have a law, for ever them that are sanctified: land by our law he ought to die, be