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man meet you bearing a pitcher of the younger; and he that is chief, water follow him into the house as he that doth serve. For whethwhere he entereth in. And ye er is greater, he that sitteth at meat, shall say unto the good man of the or he that serveth? is not he that house, The Master saith unto thee, sitteth at meat? But I am among Where is the guest-chamber, where you as he that serveth. Ye are I shall eat the passover with my they which have continued with disciples? And he shall show you me in my temptations. And I apa large upper room furnished: point unto you a kingdom, as my there make ready. And they went Father hath appointed unto me: and found as he had said unto that ye may eat and drink at my them; and they made ready the table in my kingdom, and sit on passover. And when the hour thrones, judging the twelve tribes was come, he sat down, and the of Israel. And the Lord said, Sitwelve Apostles with him. And mon, Simon, behold, Satan hath he said unto them, with desire I desired to have you, that he may have desired to eat this passover sift you as wheat: but I have praywith you before I suffer. For I say ed for thee, that thy faith fail unto you, I will not any more eat not; and when thou art converted, thereof, until it be fulfilled in the strengthen thy brethren. And he kingdom of God. And he took the said unto him, Lord, I am ready cup, and gave thanks, and said, to go with thee both into prison Take this, and divide it among and to death. And he said, I tell yourselves. For I say unto you, I thee, Peter, the cock shall not will not drink of the fruit of the crow this day, before that thou vine, until the kingdom of God shalt thrice deny that thou knowshall come. And he took bread, est me. And he said unto them, and gave thanks, and brake it, and When I sent you without purse, gave unto them, saying, This is and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye my body, which is given for you: any thing? And they said, Nothing. this do in remembrance of me. Then said he unto them, But now Likewise also the cup after sup- he that hath a purse, let him take per, saying, This cup is the new it, and likewise his scrip: and he testament in my blood, which is that hath no sword, let him sell his shed for you. But behold, the garment and buy one. For I say hand of him that betrayeth me is unto you, that this that is written with me on the table. And truly must yet be accomplished in me, the Son of man goeth as it was And he was reckoned among the determined; but woe unto that transgressors: for the things conman by whom he is betrayed. And cerning me have an end. And they began to inquire among them- they said, Lord, behold, here are selves, which of them it was that two swords. And he said unto should do this thing. And there them, It is enough. And he came was also a strife among them, out, and went, as he was wont, to which of them should be account- the mount of Olives; and his dised the greatest. And he said unto ciples also followed him. And them, The kings of the Gentiles when he was at the place, he said exercise lordship over them; and unto them, Pray that ye enter not they that exercise authority upon into temptation. And he was withthem are called benefactors. But drawn from them about a stone's ye shall not be so: but he that is cast, and kneeled down, and praygreatest among you, let him be as led, saying, Father, if thou be wil

ling, remove this cup from me: said, Man, I am not. And about the nevertheless, not my will, but thine space of one hour after,another conbe done. And there appeared an fidently affirmed, saying,Of a truth, angel unto him from heaven, this fellow also was with him; for he strengthening him. And being in is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, an agony, he prayed more ear-I know not what thou sayest. And nestly; and his sweat was as it immediately, while he yet spake, were great drops of blood falling the cock crew. And the Lord turndown to the ground. And when ed, and looked upon Peter; and Pehe rose up from prayer, and was ter remembered the word of the come to his disciples, he found them Lord, how he had said unto him, sleeping for sorrow; and said un- Before the cock crow, thou shalt to them, Why sleep ye? rise and deny me thrice. And Peter went pray, lest ye enter into temptation. out and wept bitterly. And the men And while he yet spake, behold, that held Jesus, mocked him, and a multitude, and he that was call-smote him. And when they had ed Judas, one of the twelve, went blindfolded him, they struck him before them, and drew near unto on the face, and asked him, sayJesus to kiss him. But Jesus said ing, Prophesy, who is it that smote unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the thee? And many other things blasSon of man with a kiss? When phemously spake they against him. they which were about him saw And, as soon as it was day, the elwhat would follow, they said unto ders of the people, and the chief him, Lord, shall we smite with the priests, and the scribes, came tosword? and one of them smote the gether, and led him into their counservant of the high priest, and cut off cil, saying, Art thou the Christ? his right ear. And Jesus answered Tell us. And he said unto them, and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he If I tell you, ye will not believe: touched his ear, and healed him. And if I also ask you, ye will not Then Jesus said unto the chief answer me, nor let me go. Herepriests and captains of the temple, after shall the Son of man sit on and the elders which were come to the right hand of the power of him, Be ye come out as against a God. Then said they all, Art thou thief, with swords and staves? then the Son of God? And he said When I was daily with you in the unto them, Ye say that I am. And temple, ye stretched forth no hands they said, What need we any furagainst me: but this is your hour, ther witness? for we ourselves and the power of darkness. Then have heard of his own mouth. 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 this that I declare unto you, I the midst of the hall, and were set praise you not; that you come down together, Peter sat down together not for the better, but for among them. But a certain maid the worse. For first of all, when beheld him, as he sat by the fire, and ye come together in the Church, I earnestly looked upon him,and said, hear that there be divisions among This man was also with him. And you; and I partly believe it. For he denied him, saying, Woman, I there must be also heresies among know him not. And after a little you, that they which are approved while another saw him, and said, may be made manifest among you. Thou art also of them. And Peter When ye come together therefore

Thursday before Easter. The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17.


into one place, this is not to eat the And they began to accuse him, sayLord's Supper. For, in eating, ing, We found this fellow pervertevery one taketh before other his ing the nation, and forbidding to own supper: and one is hungry, and give tribute to Cæsar, saying, that another is drunken. What, have he himself is Christ a king. And ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou or despise ye the Church of God, the King of the Jews? And he anand shame them that have not? swered him, and said, Thou sayest What shall I say to you? shall I it. Then said Pilate to the chief praise you in this? I praise you not. priests and to the people, I find no For I have received of the Lord fault in this man. And they were that which also I delivered unto the more fierce, saying, He stirreth you, That the Lord Jesus, the same up the people, teaching throughout night in which he was betrayed, all Jewry, beginning from Galilee took bread; and when he had given to this place. When Pilate heard thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, of Galilee, he asked whether the eat; this is my body, which is bro-man were a Galilean. And as soon ken for you: this do in remembrance as he knew that he belonged unto of me. After the same manner also Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him he took the cup, when he had sup-to Herod, who himself was also at ped, saying, This cup is the new Jerusalem at that time. And when testament in my blood: this do ye, Herod saw Jesus,he was exceeding as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance glad; for he was desirous to see of me. For as often as ye eat this him of a long season,because he had bread, and drink this cup, ye do heard many things of him; and he show the Lord's death till he come. hoped to have seen some miracle Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this done by him. Then he questioned bread, and drink this cup of the with him in many words; but he Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of answered him nothing. And the the body and blood of the Lord. chief priests and scribes stood and But let a man examine himself, and vehemently accused him. And so let him eat of that bread, and Herod with his men of war set him drink of that cup. For he that eateth at nought, and mocked him, and arand drinketh unworthily,eateth and rayed him in a gorgeous robe, and drinketh damnation to himself, not sent him again to Pilate. And the discerning the Lord's body. For same day Pilate and Herod were this cause many are weak and sick- made friends together; for before, ly among you, and many sleep. For they were at enmity between themif we would judge ourselves, we selves. And Pilate, when he had should not be judged. But when called together the chief priests, we are judged, we are chastened of and the rulers, and the people, said the Lord,that we should not be con- unto them, Ye have brought this demned with the world. Where-man unto me, as one that pervertfore, my brethren, when ye come to- eth the people: and behold, I, havgether to eat, tarry one for another. ing examined him before you, have And if any man hunger, let him eat found no fault in this man, touching at home; that ye come not together those things whereof ye accuse unto condemnation. And the rest him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent will I set in order when I come. you to him; and lo, nothing worThe Gospel. St. Luke xxiii. 1. thy of death is done unto him. I HE whole multitude of them will therefore chastise him, and arose, and led him unto Pilate. release him. (For of necessity he



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must release one unto them at the Then said Jesus, Father, forgive feast.) And they cried out all at them, for they know not what they once, saying, Away with this man, do. And they parted his raiment, and release unto us Barabbas: (who and cast lots. And the people for a certain sedition made in the stood beholding: and the rulers alcity, and for murder, was cast into so with them derided him, saying, prison.) Pilate, therefore, willing He saved others; let him save himto release Jesus, spake again to self, if he be Christ the chosen of them. But they cried, saying, Cru- God. And the soldiers also mockcify him, crucify him. And he said ed him, coming to him, and offerunto them the third time, Why, ing him vinegar, and saying, If thou what evil hath he done? I have be the King of the Jews, save thyfound no cause of death in him: I self. And a superscription also was will therefore chastise him, and let written over him in letters of Greek, him go. And they were instant with and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS loud voices, requiring that he might THE KING OF THE JEWS. be crucified: and the voices of them, And one of the malefactors, which and of the chief priests, prevailed. were hanged, railed on him, sayAnd Pilate gave sentence that it ing, If thou be Christ, save thyself should be as they required. And and us. But the other answerhe released unto them him that for ing, rebuked him, saying, Dost sedition and murder was cast into not thou fear God, seeing thou art prison, whom they had desired: in the same condemnation? And but he delivered Jesus to their will. we indeed justly; for we receive And as they led him away, they the due reward of our deeds: but laid hold upon one Simon, a Cy-this man hath done nothing amiss. renian, coming out of the country, And he said unto Jesus, Lord, and on him they laid the cross, that remember me when thou comest he might bear it after Jesus. And into thy kingdom. And Jesus there followed him a great compa- said unto him, Verily I say unto ny of people, and of women, who thee, To-day shalt thou be with also bewailed and lamented him. me in Paradise. And it was about But Jesus turning unto them, said, the sixth hour, and there was darkDaughters of Jerusalem, weep not ness over all the earth until the for me, but weep for yourselves, ninth hour. And the sun was darkand for your children. For behold, ened, and the vail of the temple was the days are coming, in the which rent in the midst. And when Jethey shall say, Blessed are the bar-sus had cried with a loud voice, he ren, and the wombs that never bare, said, Father, into thy hands I comand the paps which never gave mend my spirit: and having said suck. Then shall they begin to say thus, he gave up the ghost. Now to the mountains, Fall on us; and when the Centurion saw what was to the hills, Cover us. For if they done, he glorified God, saying, Cerdo these things in a green tree, tainly this was a righteous man. what shall be done in the dry? And all the people that came And there were also two other, together to that sight, beholdmalefactors, led with him to be ing the things that were done, put to death. And when they were smote their breasts and returned. come to the place which is called And all his acquaintance, and the Calvary, there they crucified him, women that followed him from and the malefactors; one on the Galilee, stood afar off, beholding right hand, and the other on the left. these things.

Good Friday.

The Collects.

of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of

LMIGHTY God, we beseech sins every year. For it is not post

thee graciously to behold this sible that the blood of bulls and thy family, for which our Lord Je-of goats should take away sins. sus Christ was contented to be be-Wherefore, when he cometh into trayed, and given up into the hands the world, he saith, Sacrifice and of wicked men, and to suffer death offering thou wouldest not, but a upon the cross, who now liveth and body hast thou prepared me: In reigneth with thee and the Holy burnt-offerings and sacrifices for Ghost, ever one God, world with- sin thou hast had no pleasure:" out end. Amen. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the LMIGHTY and everlasting volume of the book it is written God, by whose Spirit the whole of me) to do thy will, O God. body of the Church is governed and Above, when he said, Sacrifice, sanctified; receive our supplications and offering, and burnt-offerings, and prayers, which we offer before and offering for sin, thou wouldest thee for all estates of men in thy not, neither hadst pleasure therein, holy Church, that every member of which are offered by the law; Then the same, in his vocation and minis- said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, try, may truly and godly serve thee, O God. He taketh away the first, through our Lord and Saviour Je-that he may establish the second. sus Christ. Amen. By the which will we are sanctified, MERCIFUL God, who hast through the offering of the body of made all men, and hatest Jesus Christ once for all. And evenothing that thou hast made, nor ry priest standeth daily ministering desirest the death of a sinner, but and offering oftentimes the same rather that he should be converted sacrifices, which can never take and live; have mercy upon all Jews, away sins. But this man, after Turks, Infidels, and Heretics; and he had offered one sacrifice for sins, take from them all ignorance, hard-for ever sat down on the right hand ness of heart, and contempt of thy of God; from henceforth expectword; and so fetch them home, ing till his enemies be made his blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they footstool. For by one offering he may be saved among the remnant hath perfected for ever them that of the true Israelites, and be made are sanctified: whereof the Holy one fold under one Shepherd, Jesus Ghost also is a witness to us: for Christ our Lord, who liveth and after that he had said before, This reigneth with thee and the Holy is the covenant that I will make Spirit, one God, world without with them after those days, saith end. Amen. the Lord; I will put my laws into The Epistle. Heb. x. 1. their hearts, and in their mindst HE law having a shadow of will I write them; and their sins good things to come, and not and iniquities will I remember no the very image of the things, can more. Now, where remission of never, with those sacrifices which these is, there is no more offering for they offered year by year continu-sin. Having, therefore, brethren, ally, make the comers thereunto boldness to enter into the holiest perfect. For then, would they not by the blood of Jesus, by a new have ceased to be offered? because and living way, which he hath that the worshippers, once purged, consecrated for us through the should have had no more conscience vail, that is to say, his flesh; and


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