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thou sayeft. C. And, as he went out of the gate, another maid saw him, and said to those that were there: S. This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth. C. And he again denied it with an oath, saying : I know not the man. And a little after, they that stood there, came to Peter and said: S. Certainly thou also art one of them; for thy speech discovereth thee. C. Then he began to protest and swear, he knew not the man. And presently the cock crowed. And Peter called to mind what Jesus had said : Before the cock croweth, thou wilt deny me thrice. And going forth he wept bitterly. And when it was morning, all the chief priests and elders of the people consulted against Jesus, to put him to death. And they brought him bound, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, who had betrayed him, seeing him condemned, touched with repentance, brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying: S. I have finned in betraying righteous blood. C. But they faid: S. What is it to us? Look thou to that. C. And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed ; and went and hanged himself. But the chief priests taking the silver, said : S. It is not lawful to put it in the treasury, because it is the price of blood, C. And having consulted together, they bought with it the Potters-field for the burial of strangers. For this reason that field is called Haceldama, that is, the field of blood, even to this day. Then was fulfilled, what was spoke by the prophet Jeremy, saying : And they took thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was set at a price, whom they bought for a price of the children of Israel, and they gave them for the Potters-field, as the Lord appointed me. And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying: S. Art thou the King of the Jews? C. Jefus faith to him: + Thou fayett it. C. And being accused by the chief priests

and elders, he answered nothing. Then Pilate faith to him : S. Doft thou not hear how many testimonies they urge against thee? C. And he answered him not to any word, so that the governor wondered exceedingly. Now at the festival-day the governor was wont to release to the people fome one prisoner, whom they pleased. And he had then a very notorious one, called Barabbas. And they being affembled together, Pilate said to them: S. Which will you that I release for you ; Barabbas, or Fesus, who is called the Chrift? C. For he knew they had committed him out of envy. And as he was fitting on the judgment-seat, his wife fent to him, faying: S. Have nothing to do with that righteous man; for I have suffered very much this day in a dream, upon his account. C. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the people to demand Barabbas, and deftroy Jesus. Then the governor answering, faith to them: S. Which of the two will you have discharged? C. And they said: S. Barabbas. c. The governor faith to them: S. What then thall I do with Jesus, who is called the Chrift? C. They all say : S. Let him be crucified. C. The governor replieth : S. Why, what evil hath he done? C. But they cried out the more, saying: S. Let him be crucified. C. Then Pilate'feeing he could not prevail, but that rather a tumult was raised, took water, and washing his hands before the people, said : S. I am clear of the blood of this righteous man; look you to it. C. And all the people anfwering, faid : S. Let his blood be on us, and on our children. C. Then he releafed to them Baraba bas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him up to be crucified. After which the governor's soldiers took Yesus into the common-ball, and gathered about him the whole band : and having stripped him, they put on him a scarlet cloak; and twisted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head,

with a reed in his right hand. And bending a knee before him, they icoffed him: saying: S. Hail, King of the Jews. C. And they spit on him, and taking the reed, struck him on the head. And after they had insulted him, they pulled off the cloak, and putting on his own clothes, led him away to be crucified. And as they went out of the city, they found a man of Cyrene, called Simon, and they compelled him to carry his cross. And they came to the place, called Golgotha, which sige nifieth a Calvary b. And they gave him wine mingled with gall to drink; and when he had tasted it, he would not drink. After they had crucified him, they divided his garments, cafting lots; that it might be fulfilled, which was spoke by the prophet, saying: They divided my garments among them, and they cast lots for my vesture. And they sat down, and watched him. And they put over his head his cause in writing : THIS IS JESUS: THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were crucified with him two thieves ; one on his right hand, and the other on his left. , And they that passed by, reviled him, Taking their heads, and saying: S. Ah! Thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days buildeft it up again; save thyself. If thou art the Son of God, come down from the cross. C. In like manner also the chief priests, with the Scribes and elders, scoffing him, faid: S. He saved others, but cannot save himself: if he be the King of Ifrael, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him : he trusted in God, let him deliver him now, if he love him; for he hath said: I am the Son of God. C. The thieves also, that were crucified with him, reproached him in the same manner. Now from the fixth hour, there was darkness over the whole earth, till the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out

a Or, Cane. • Expl. A place where fculls, &c. of Makefactors were i brown.

with a loud voice, saying: + Eli, Eli, lamma sabasthani ?. C. That is : + My God, my God, why haft thou forsaken me? C. And some that stood there, and beard him, said : S. He calleth Elias. C. And forth with one of them ran, and taking a Sponge, filled it with vinegar and put it on a reed, and gave it him to drink. But others, faid: . Stay, let us fee whether Elias will come and deliver him. C. And Jesus crying again with a loud voice, gave up the ghost *. And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom: and the earth trembled, and the rocks were rent asunder, and the monuments were opened: and many bodies of the faints, who flept, arose: And going out of their monuments, after his resurrection, they came into the holy city, and appeared to many. But the Centurion, and they who were with him watching Jesus, seeing the earthquake, and all that had happened, were very much afraid, and faid: S. Truly, this man was the Son of God. G. And many women were there' at a distance, who had followed us from Galilee, and had waited on him: among whom was Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James and of Jofeph, and the mother of the sons of Žebedee. And when it was now evening, there came a rich man of Arimathea, called Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He came to Pilate and begged the body of

Yefus. And Pilate commanded the body to be given him. And Jofeph taking the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in a new monument of his own, which he had cut out of a rock. And he rolled a great stone against the door of the monument, and went away. And Mary Magdalen was there and the other Mary, fitting over-against the fepulchre.

Here all kneel down, and pause for a while, indulging those emetions of the soul ibat must arise in a Cbrißian breast at the tboughts of ibe God-man expiring for our fins.

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Here is said : Cleanfe my heart, & c. as p. xvi.
Ow the next day, which followed the day of

the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate, saying: Sir, we remember, this seducer said, while he was yet alive: After three days I will rise again. Command therefore the fepulchre to be guarded till the third day: left perhaps his disciples come and steal him away, and then say to the people : He is risen from the dead. And so the last error will be worse than the first. Pilate faid to them : You have a guard; go and keep watch, as you know beft. And going away, they secured the sepulchre by placing guards, and sealing the Atone.

OFFERTORY. Pf. lxviii.
My heart hath long

Improperium expecborne reproach and mise- tavit cor meum & misery: and I looked for some riam: & fuftinui qui fimul one to condole with me, mecum contriftaretur, & and there was none. I non fuit. Consolantem fought for one to comfort me quæfivi & non inveme, and found none: ni: & dederunt in escam they gave me gall to eat, meam fel, & in fiti meâ and vinegar to drink in potaverunt me aceto.

my thirft.

Rant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that what

hath been offered in the presence of thy divine majesty, may procure us the grace of devotion, and effe&tually obtain a bleffed eternity. Thro'.

COMMUNION. Matt. xxvi. Father, if this cup Pater, fi non poteft hic cannot pafs away, but I calix tranfire, nisi bibam muft drink it, thy will illum, fiat voluntas tua, be done. POSTCOMMUNION. Per hujus. TAY our vices, O Lord, be destroyed, and our

righteous desires fulfilled by the efficacy of these myfteries. Thro'.


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