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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.
HERE a testament is, there must also of necessity

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 as: nor yet that he fhould offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; (for then muft 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 fia by the facrifice 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 Gns of many; and unto them that look for him thall he appear the second time without fin, unto salvation.

The Gospel. St. Luke xxii, 1.
Ow the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which

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 iwelve. And he went his way, and communed with che 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 fought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the paftover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the pasover, that we may cat. 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 fhall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water ; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the good man of the house, The Master Faith unto thee, Where is the guest.chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew 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 paffover with you before I fuffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more ear thereof, until it be fulfilled in the

kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and faid, Take this, and divide it among yourfelves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewife also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is thed for you. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined; bur woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also astrife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he faid unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be fo: but he that is greatest among you, let him be' as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth ferve. For whether is greater, he that fitteth at meat, or he that ferveth? is not he that fitreth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have conii. nued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and fit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And che Lord faid, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may fift you as wheat; But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock fhall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and fcrip, and Mhoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him fell his

garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written mult yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough. And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed hin. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow; and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, left ye enter into temptation. And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayelt thou the Son of man with a kiss? When they which were about him, saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midit of the hall, and were set down together, Peter fat down among them. But a certaia maid beheld him, as he fat by the fire and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him

not. And after a little while another saw him, and fail, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for lie is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upou Peter: and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded. him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that {mote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people, and the chief priests, and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Chrift? tell us. And he said unto them, if I tell you, you will not believe: And if . I also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go. . Hereafter shall the Son of man fit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.


Thursday before Easter.*

The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17. N this that I declare unto you, I praise you not, that

ye 'come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the

This day Christ washed his disciples' feet, and gave them a commande ment to do the same; it is therefore called dies mandati, the mandate dav; and corrupted into Maurday Thursday. On this day the penitents that were put out of the church upon An-Wednesday, were received again into it; the form of which reception was as follows:-“ The bishop goes out to the doors of the church, where the penitents lie prostrate upon the earth, and thrice in the name of Christ he calls them, 'Come, come, come le children, hearken unto me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord;' then

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