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crucified. Then the soldiers of | OF THE JEWS. Then were the governour took Jesus into there two thieves crucified with the common hall, and gathered him; one on the right hand, unto him the whole band of sol- and another on the left. And diers. And they stripped him, they that passed by reviled him, and put on him a scarlet robe. wagging their heads, and saying, And when they had platted a Thou that destroyest the temcrown of thorns they put it upon ple, and buildest it in three days, his head, and a reed in his right save thyself: if thou be the Son hand : and they bowed the knee of God, come down from the before him, and mocked him, cross. Likewise also the chief saying, Hail, King of the Jews. priests mocking him, with the And they spit upon him, and scribes and elders, said, He saved took the reed, and smote him on others, himself he cannot save: the head. And after that they if he be the King of Israel, let had mocked him they took the him now come down from the robe off from him, and put his cross, and we will believe him. own raiment on him, and led him He trusted in God; let him deaway to crucify him. And as liver him now, if he will have they came out they found a man him: for he said, I am the Son of Cyrene, Simon by name; him of God. The thieves also, which they compelled to bear his cross. were crucified with him, cast And when they were come unto the same in his teeth. Now from a place called Golgotha, that is the sixth hour there was darkto say, a place of a scull, they ness over all the land unto the gave him vinegar to drink min- ninth hour. And about the ninth gled with gall: and when he hour Jesus cried with a loud had tasted thereof, he would not voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sadrink. And they crucified him, bachthani ? that is to say, My and parted his garments, cast- God, my God, why hast thou foring lots: that it might be fulfil saken me? Some of them that led, which was spoken by the stood there, when they heard prophet, They parted my gar- | that, said, This man calleth for ments among them, and upon Elias. And straightway one of my vesture did they cast lots. them ran, and took a spunge, And sitting down they watch- and filled it with vinegar, and ed him there; and set up over | put it on a reed, and gave him his head his accusation written, to drink. The rest said, Let be, THIS IS JESUS THE KING let us see whether Elias will come
to save him. Jesus, when he had cried in with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Monday before Easter. For the Epistle. Isai. lxiii. 1.
HO is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength 2 I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat 2 I have trodden the wine-press alone, and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will
stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me, and my fury it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. I will mention the loving-kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness towards the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them, according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his loving-kindnesses. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them : in his love, and in his pity, he redeemed them, and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit; therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of
the sea with the shepherd of his / The Gospel. St. Mark xiv. I. flock ?. where is he that put his AFTER two days was the Holy Spirit within him? that A feast of the Passover, and led them by the right hand of of unleavened bread : and the Moses, with his glorious arm, chief priests and the scribes dividing the water before them, sought how they might take him to make himself an everlasting by craft, and put him to death. Name ? that led them through | But they said, Not on the feastthe deep as an horse in the wil-day, lest there be an uproar of the derness, that they should not people. And being in Bethany, stumble? As a beast goeth down in the house of Simon the leper, into the valley, the Spirit of the as he sat at meat, there came a Lord caused him to rest: so didst woman having an alabaster box thou lead thy people, to make of ointment of spikenard, very thyself a glorious Name. Look precious; and she brake the box, down from heaven, and behold and poured it on his head. And from the habitation of thy holi- there were some that had inness, and of thy glory: where is dignation within themselves, and thy zeal, and thy strength, the said, Why was this waste of the sounding of thy bowels, and of ointment made? for it might have thy mercies towards me? Are been sold for more than three they restrained ? Doubtless thou hundred pence, and have been art our Father, though Abra- given to the poor: and they murham be ignorant of us, and Israel mured against her. And Jesus acknowledge us not: Thou, O said, Let her alone; why trouLord, art our Father, our Re- | ble ye her? she hath wrought a deemer, thy Name is from ever- good work on me: for ye have lasting. O Lord, why hast thou the poor with you always, and made us to err from thy ways? whensoever ye will ye may do and hardened our hearts from thy them good; but me ye have not fear ? Return for thy servants always. She hath done what she sake, the tribes of thine inherit- could; she is come aforehand to ance. The people of thy holi- anoint my body to the burying. ness have possessed it but a lit- Verily I say unto you, Wheresotle while : our adversaries have ever this Gospel shall be preachtrodden down thy sanctuary. We ed throughout the whole world, are thine: thou never barest rule this also that she hath done shall over them; they were not called be spoken of for a memorial of by thy Name.
her. And Judas Iscariot, one of
the twelve, went unto the chief priests to betray him unto them. And when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him. And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover ? And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him : And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the good-man of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he will shew you a large upper-room furnished, and prepared: there make ready for us. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. And as they sat, and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? And he answered and said unto them,
It is one of the twelve that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of Man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but wo to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed: good were it for that man if he had never been born. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the Kingdom of God. And when they had sung an hymn they went out into the mount of Olives. And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But, after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be of. fended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with
thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy, and saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death; tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed, that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation: the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. And when he returned he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go;
lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he ; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him. And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Are ye come out as against a thief, with swords and with staves, to take me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the Scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him : and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests, and the
elders, and the scribes. And Pe* F