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TUESDAY BEFORE EASTER. the insurrection. And the mul- unto the place Golgotha, which titude, crying aloud, began to is, being interpreted, the place desire him to do as he had ever of a skull. And they gave him done unto them. But Pilate to drink wine mingled with answered them, saying, Will myrrh ; but he received it not. ye that I release unto you the And when they had crucified King of the Jews? (For he him, they parted his garments, knew that the chief priests had casting lots upon them, what delivered him for envy.) But every man should take. And the chief priests moved the it was the third hour, and they people, that he should rather crucified him. And the superrelease Barabbas unto them. scription of his accusation was And Pilate answered, and said written over, THE KING OF again unto them, What will ye THE JEWS. And with him then that I shall do unto him they crucify two thieves ; the whom ye call the King of the one on his right hand, and the Jews? And they cried out again, other on his left. And the Crucify him. Then Pilate said Scripture was fulfilled, which unto them, Why, what evil hath saith, And he was numbered he done? And they cried out with the transgressors. And the more exceedingly, Crucify they that passed by railed on him. And so Pilate, willing to him, wagging their heads, and content the people, released saying, Ah, thou that destroyest Barabbas unto them; and the temple, and buildest it in delivered Jesus, when we had three days, save thyself, and scourged him, to be crucified. come down from the cross. And the soldiers led him away Likewise also the chief priests into the hall, called Prætorium; mocking, said among themand they called together the selves, with the scribes, He whole band. And they clothed saved others, himself he cannot him with purple, and platted a save. Let CHRIST the King of crown of thorns, and put it Israel descend now from the about his head, and began to cross, that we may see and salute him, Hail, King of the believe. And they that were Jews. And they smote him on crucified with him reviled him. the head with a reed, and did And when the sixth hour was spit upon him, and bowing come, there was darkness over their knees worshipped him. the whole land, until the ninth And when they had mocked hour. And at the ninth hour, him they took off the purple JESUS cried with a loud voice, from him, and put his own saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama saclothes on him, and led him bachthani ? which is being out to crucify him. And they interpreted, My God, my God, compel one Simon, a Cyrenian, why hast thou forsaken me? who passed by, coming out of And some of them that stood the country, the father of Alex- by, when they heard it, said, ander and Rufus, to bear his Behold, he calleth Elias. And cross. And they bring him one ran and filled a sponge ful]
of vinegar, and put it on a reed, the heavenly things themselves and gave him to drink, saying, with better sacrifices than these. Let alone; let us see whether For Christ is not entered into Elias will come to take him the holy places made with down. And JESUS cried with hands, which are the figures of a loud voice, and gave up the the true; but into heaven itself, ghost. And the vail of the tem- now to appear in the presence ple was rent in twain, from the of God for us: nor yet that he top to the bottom. And when should offer himself often, as the Centurion, which stood over the high priest entereth into against him, saw that he so the holy place every year with cried out, and gave up the ghost, blood of others : (for then must he said, Truly this man was he often have suffered since the the Son of God.
foundation of the world) but now once, in the end of the
world, hath he appeared to put WEDNESDAY BEFORE EASTER. away sin by the sacrifice of
himself. And as it is appointed The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16.
unto men once to die, but after WHERE a testament is, this the judgment : so CHRIST there must also of necessity be was once offered to bear the the death of the testator: for a sins of many; and unto them testament is of force after men that look for him shall he are dead; otherwise it is of appear the second time, without no strength at all, whilst the sin, unto salvation. testator liveth. Whereupon, neither the first testament was
The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 1 dedicated without blood. For NOW the feast of unleavenwhen Moses had spoken every ed bread drew nigh, which is precept to all the people, ac- called the Passover. And the cording to the law, he took the chief priests and scribes sought blood of calves and of goats, how they might kill him ; for with water, and scarlet wool, they feared the people. Then and hyssop, and sprinkled both entered Satan into Judas, surthe book, and all the people, named Iscariot, being of the saying, This is the blood of number of the twelve. And he the testament which God hath went his way, and communed enjoined unto you. Moreover, with the chief priests and he sprinkled likewise with captains how he might betray blood both the tabernacle, and him unto them. And they were all the vessels of the ministry. glad, and covenanted to give And almost all things are by him money. And he promised, the law purged with blood; and sought opportunity to and without shedding of blood betray him unto them in the is no remission. It was there- absence of the multitude. Then fore necessary that the patterns came the day of unleavened of things in the heavens should bread, when the passover must be purified with these ; but be killed. And he sent Peter
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 ye 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 ye 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? over. 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 Peter;
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 yo 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, whoso
ever shall eat this bread, and THURSDAY BEFORE EASTER. drink this cup of the LORD un
| 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 cup. 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. I 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