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with those facrifices which they offered year by year con tinually, make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away fins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, hc faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest nor, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice, and offering, and burnt-offerings, and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadît pleasure therein, which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.'! By the which will we are fan&tified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every prieft ftandeth daily miniftering, and offering oftentimes the fame facrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one facrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for evet them that are fanétified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: For after that he had faid before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, faith the Lord; I will put my laws ipro their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and theit fins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remiffion of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldnefs to enter into the boliest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath confecrated for us, through the vail, that is to fay, his flesh; and having an high-priest over the house of God; let us draw. near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wa
vering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and us let con. sider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
The Gospel. St. John xix. 1.
the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, king of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and faith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate faith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate faith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find mo fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; and went again into the judgmenthall, and faith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then faith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not, that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cefar's friend: Whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Cesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment-seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he
The Gospel.] Both the xviiith and xixth chapters were appointed for the Gospel, till the review 1662.
faith unto the Jews, Behold your king! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate faith anto them, Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cefar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a scull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha: where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midit. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am the King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written, I have written. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They faid therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but caft lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which faith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did caft lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's filter, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore faw his mother, and the disciple standing by whom he loved, he faith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then faith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, faith, I thirit. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar; and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus cherefore had received the vinegar,
I thirst] Thirst always attends on continued torture. But Jefus pro. claimed his thirft, with the pious design of fulfilling Pfalm lxix. 21.
he favid; It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the crofs on the fabbath-day, (for that sabbath-day was an high day) þesought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the firit, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his fide, and forthwith came thereout blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he faith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again, another scripture faith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
death of thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections, we may be buried with him; and that through the grave and gate of death, we may pass to our joyful resurrection, for his merits, who died, and was buried, and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
And water] Both the water in the pericardium, and the thin ferum. It is said that a great quantity of serum is always found in the thorax of persons who die of torture.
The Collect] This prayer for a joyful resurrection was composed at the last review 1662. Before that time no collect was appointed for the day. The introitus was pfalm lxxxviii. This holy-day was kept in the early church with the utmost folemnity; watchings, prayers, and illuminacions, both in the church and private houses.- Eufeb. Vit. Constant. This display of lighted torches was emblematical of Christ, the “ Sun of righteousness," who at this time was about to rise from the dead. The vigil, or watching, continued in the Eastern churches till the cock-crowing; the night being confumed in acts of devotion, and in baptizing the pofitiates,
The Epistle. Peter iii. 17. ITI
is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for
well-doing, than for evil-doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, (that he might bring us to God) being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which some time were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing; wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even Baptism doth also now savé us, (not the putting away the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels, and authorities, and powers being made subject unto him.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxvii. 57.
of Arimatheanamed who also himself was Jesus' disciple: he went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the fepulchre. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver faid, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the fepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error ihall be worse than the first. Pilate faid unto them, Ye have a watch, go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.