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vants, and warmed himfelf at the fire. And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jefus 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 fay, I will deftroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither fo did their witness agree together. And the high priest stood up in the midit, 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 faid unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Bleffed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall fee 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 faith, What need we any further witnesses? ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to fay unto him, Prophesy. And the servants did ftrike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high prieft: and when fhe saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and faid, And thou also 'walt with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou fayeft. And he went out into the porch, and the cock crew. And a maid faw him again, and began to fay 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, faying, 1 know not this man of whom ye speak. And the fecond 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.
The Epistle. Ifaiah 1. 'HE
and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the (miters, 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 fall not be ashamed. He is near that jultifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together; who is mine adversary ? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they shall all wax old as a garment; the moth fhall eat them up. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, chat 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 fparks; 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.
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; fo 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 insurre&tion. . And the multitude crying aloud, "began to defire him to do as he had ever done unto them. But
Pilate anfwered them saying, Will ye that I release onto 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 faid unto thein, Why, what evil bath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And fo Pilate, willing to conicnt the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jefus, when he had scourged hiin, to be crucified. And the foldiers led him away into the hall, called Preierium; and they called together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platred a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to falute him, Hail, King of the Jews! And they fmote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked hin, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who paffed 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 fcull. 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 accufation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the Scripture was fulfilled, which faith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and faying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, fave thyself, and come down from the crofs. Likewise also the chief priests mocking faid among themselves with the fcribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Ler
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 fixth 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 sab.cthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forfaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, faid, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran, and filled a sponge 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 veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghoft, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Wednesday before Easter.
The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16.
be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precepe to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament, which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover, he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without hedding of blood is no remiffion. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themfelves with better facrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are
the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: nor yer that he fhould offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; (for then must he often have fuffered since the foundation of the world:) but now once in tbe end of the world hath he appeared to put away fin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the fins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without fin, unto salvation.
The Gospel. St. Luke xxii. 1.
N is called the Pallover.
fcribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priefts and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, faying, Go and prepare us The passover, that we may eat.
And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there Thall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water ; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye thall say unto the good man of the house, The Master faith unto thee, Where is the guest.chamber, where I shall ear the paffover with my disciples? And he shall fhew you a farge upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. And.when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve Apostles with him. And he faid unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the