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ter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest; and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire. And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together. And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed ? And Jesus said, I am ; and ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses 2 ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And some be
gan to spit on him, and to cover
his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath in the palace there cometh one of the maids of the high priest; and when she saw Peter warming himself she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them ; for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
Tuesday before Easter.
For the Epistle. Isai. l. 5. HE Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away
back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? Let us stand together; who is mine adversary 2 let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment: the moth shall eat them up. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that 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 sorrow. The Gospel. St. Mark xv. 1. ND straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders, and scribes, and the 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 sayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing: so 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, crying aloud, began to desire 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 Barabbas 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 Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head: and began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews. And they smote 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 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 scull. 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 superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucify two thieves, the one on his right
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hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves, with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let 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 sabachthani 2 which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, 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 | Christ is not entered into the the centurion, which stood over holy places made with hands, against him, saw that he so cried which are the figures of the true, out, and gave up the ghost, he but into heaven itself, now to apsaid, Truly this man was the pear in the presence of God for Son of God.
us; nor yet that he should offer
himself often, as the high priest Wednesday before Easter.
entereth into the holy place every The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16. year with blood of others : for W H ERE a testament is, then must he often have suffered
V there must also of neces- since the foundation of the world; sity be the death of the testator : , but now once in the end of the for a testament is of force after world hath he appeared to put men are dead; otherwise it is of away sin by the sacrifice of himno strength at all whilst the tes- self. And as it is appointed unto tator liveth. Whereupon, nei- men once to die, but after this ther the first testament was de- | the judgement: so Christ was dicated without blood : for when once offered to bear the sins of Moses had spoken every precept many; and unto them that look to all the people, according to for him shall he appear the sethe law, he took the blood of cond time without sin unto salcalves and of goats, with water, vation. and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 1. sprinkled both the book, and all N OW the feast of unleavened the people, saying, This is the bread drew nigh, which is blood of the testament, which called the Passover. And the God hath enjoined unto you. chief priests and scribes sought Moreover, he sprinkled with how they might kill him; for blood both the tabernacle, and they feared the people. Then enall the vessels of the ministry. tered Satan into Judas surnamAnd almost all things are by ed Iscariot, being of the number the law purged with blood; and of the twelve. And he went his without shedding of blood is way, and communed with the no remission. It was therefore chief priests and captains, how necessary that the patterns of he might betray him unto them. things in the heavens should | And they were glad, and covebe purified with these; but the nanted to give him money. And heavenly things themselves with he promised, and sought opporbetter sacrifices than these. For tunity to betray him unto them
in the absence of the multitude. I thanks, and brake it, and gave Then came the day of unleaven- unto them, saying, This is my ed bread, when the passover must body, which is given for you: be killed. And he sent Peter and this do in remembrance of me. John, saying, Go and prepare us Likewise also the cup after supthe passover, that we may eat. per, saying, This cup is the new And they said unto him, Where testament in my blood, which is wilt thou that we prepare ? And shed for you. But behold, the he said unto them, Behold, when hand of him that betrayeth me ye are entered into the city, there is with me on the table. And shall a man meet you, bearing a truly the Son of Man goeth as it pitcher of water; follow him into was determined; but wo unto the house where he entereth in. that man by whom he is betrayAnd ye shall say unto the good- ed. And they began to enquire man of the house, The Master among themselves, which of them saith unto thee, Where is the it was that should do this thing. guest-chamber, where I shall eat | And there was also a strife athe passover with my disciples ? | mong them, which of them should And he shall shew you a large be accounted the greatest. And upper room furnished; there he said unto them, The kings of make ready. And they went, the Gentiles exercise lordship and found as he had said unto over them, and they that exerthem: and they made ready the cise authority upon them are passover. And when the hour called benefactors. But ye shall was come he sat down, and the not be so: but he that is greattwelve Apostles with him. And est among you, let him be as the he said unto them, With desire younger; and he that is chief, I have desired to eat this pass- as he that doth serve. For wheover with you before I suffer : | ther is greater, he that sitteth at for I say unto you, I will not meat, or he that serveth ? is not any more eat thereof, until it be he that sitteth at meat ? but I fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. am among you as he that servAnd he took the cup, and gave | eth. Ye are they which have thanks, and said, Take this, and continued with me in my tempdivide it among yourselves. For tations. And I appoint unto you I say unto you, I will not drink a kingdom, as my Father hath of the fruit of the vine, until the appointed unto me; that ye may Kingdom of God shall come. eat and drink at my table in my And he took bread, and gave | kingdom, and sit on thrones,