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twelve, went unto the chief took the cup, and when he had priests, to betray him unto them. given thanks, he gave it to them: And when they heard it, they and they all drank of it. And he were glad, and promised to give said unto them, This is my blood him money. And he sought how of the new Testament, which is he might conveniently betray him. shed for many. Verily I say unto And the first day of unleavened you, I will drink no more of the bread, when they killed the pass fruit of the vine until that day that over, his disciples said unto him, I drink it new in the kingdom of Where wilt thou that we go and God. And when they had sung prepare, that thou mayest eat the an hymn, they went out into the passover? And he sendeth forth mount of Olives. And Jesus saith two of his disciples, and saith unto unto them, All ye shall be offend them, Go ye into the city; and ed because of me this night: for there shall meet you a man bear-it is written, I will smite the sheping a pitcher of water: follow him. herd, and the sheep shall be scat And wheresoever he shall go in, tered. But after that I am risen, say ye to the good man of the I will go before you into Galilee. house, The Master saith, Where But Peter said unto him, Although is the guest-chamber, where I all shall be offended, yet will not shall eat the passover with my I. And Jesus saith unto him, Ve disciples? And he will show you rily I say unto thee, that this day. a large upper room furnished and even in this night, before the cock prepared there make ready for crow twice, thou shalt deny me us. And his disciples went forth, thrice. But he spake the more and came into the city, and found vehemently, If I should die with as he had said unto them and thee, I will not deny thee in any they made ready the passover. wise. Likewise also said they all. And in the evening he cometh And they came to a place which with the twelve. And as they sat, was named Gethsemane: and he and did eat, Jesus said, Verily Isaith to his disciples, Sit ye here, say unto you, one of you which while I shall pray. And he taketh eateth with me shall betray me. with him Peter, and James, and And they began to be sorrowful. John,and began to be sore amazed, and to say unto him one by one, and to be very heavy; and saith Is it I? And another said, Is it I ?unto them, My soul is exceeding And he answered and said unto sorrowful unto death; tarry ye them, It is one of the twelve that here and watch. And he went dippeth with me in the dish. The forward a little, and fell on the Son of man indeed goeth, as it is ground,and prayed, that, if it were written of him but woe to that possible, the hour might pass from man by whom the son of man is him. And he said, Abba, Father betrayed: good were it for that all things are possible unto thee man if he had never been born. take away this cup from me And as they did eat, Jesus took nevertheless, not what I will, bu bread, and blessed, and brake it, what thou wilt. And he cometh and gave to them, and said, Take, and findeth them sleeping, an eat this is my body. And he saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepes
thou? couldest not thou watch cloth, and fled from them naked. one hour? Watch ye, and pray, And they led Jesus away to the lest ye enter into temptation; the high priest: and with him were spirit truly is ready, but the flesh assembled all the chief priests, is weak. And again he went away, and the elders, and the scribes. and prayed, and spake the same And Peter followed him afar off, words. And when he returned, even into the palace of the high he found them asleep again (for priest: and he sat with the sertheir eyes were heavy); neither vants, and warmed himself at the wist they what to answer him. fire. And the chief priests, and And he cometh the third time, all the council, sought for witness and saith unto them, Sleep on against Jesus to put him to death; now, and take your rest: it island found none. (For many bare enough, the hour is come; be-false witness against him, but their hold, the Son of man is betrayed witness agreed not together.) into the hands of sinners. Rise And there arose certain, and up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth bare false witness against him, me is at hand. And immediately, saying, We heard him say, I will while heyet spake, cometh Judas, destroy this temple that is made one of the twelve, and with him a with hands, and within three days great multitude, with swords and I will build another made withstaves, from the chief priest, and out hands. But neither so did the scribes, and the elders. And their witness agree together. And he that betrayed him had given the high priest stood up in the them a token, saying, Whomso- midst, and asked Jesus, saying, ever I shall kiss, that same is he; Answerest thou nothing? what is take him and lead him away safe-it which these witness against ly. And as soon as he was come, thee? But he held his peace, and he goeth straightway to him, and answered nothing. Again the saith, Master, Master; and kissed high priest asked him, and said him. And they laid their hands unto him, Art thou the Christ, the on him, and took him. And Son of the Blessed? And Jesus one of them that stood by drew said, I am: and ye shall see the a sword, and smote a servant of Son of man sitting on the right the high priest, and cut off his hand of power, and coming in the And Jesus answered and clouds of heaven. Then the high said unto them, Are ye come out priest rent his clothes, and saith, as against a thief, with swords What need we any further witand with staves, to take me? Inesses? ye have heard the blaswas daily with you in the temple, phemy: what think ye? And they teaching, and ye took me not; all condemned him to be guilty of but the Scriptures must be fulfil-death. And some began to spit on led. And they all forsook him, him, and to cover his face, and to and fled. And there followed buffet him, and to say unto him, him a certain young man, having Prophesy. And the servants did a linen cloth cast about his naked strike him with the palms of their body; and the young men laid hands. And as Peter was beneath bold on him. And he left the linen in the palace, there cometh one
of the maids of the high priest; they all shall wax old as a and when she saw Peter warm-ment: the moth shall eat ther ing himself, she looked upon up. Who is among you tha him, and said, And thou also feareth the Lord, that obey wast with Jesus of Nazareth. the voice of his servant, ta But he denied, saying, I know walketh in darkness, and ha not, neither understand I what no light? let him trust in th thou sayest. And he went out name of the Lord, and stay up into the porch; and the cock his God. Behold, all ye that kin crew. And a maid saw him again, dle a fire, that compass yoursele and began to say to them that about with sparks; walk in te stood by. This is one of them. light of your fire, and in the spar And he denied it again. And a that ye have kindled. This sha little after, they that stood by ye have of mine hand, ye shall said again to Peter, Surely thou lie down in sorrow. art one of them; for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth The Gospel. St. Mark, xv. 1 thereto. But he began to curse A ND straightway in the mor and to swear, saying, I know not ing, the chief priests held a this man of whom ye speak. And consultation with the elders a the second time the cock crew. scribes, and the whole council, And Peter called to mind the and bound Jesus, and carried bi n word that Jesus said unto him, away, and delivered him to Pi Before the cock crow twice, late. And Pilate asked him, Art thou shalt deny me thrice. And thou the king of the Jews? And when he thought thereon he he, answering, said unto him, Thou wept. sayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. And Pi late asked him again, saying, AD: swerest thou nothing? behold mine ear, and I was not re- how many things they witness bellious, neither turned away against thec. But Jesus yet an back. I gave my back to the swered nothing: so that Pilate smiters, and my cheeks to them marvelled. Now at that feast he that plucked off the hair: I hid released unto them one prisoner, not my face from shame and spit-whomsoever they desired. And ting. For the Lord God will help there was one named Barabbas, me, therefore shall I not be con- which lay bound with them that founded; therefore have I set my had made insurrection with him, face like a flint, and I know that who had committed murder in I shall not be ashamed. He is near the insurrection. And the mul that justifieth me; who will con- titude, crying aloud, began to tend with me? let us stand toge- desire him to do as he had ever ther; who is mine adversary? let done unto them. But Pilate him come near to me. Behold, answered them, saying, Will ye the Lord God will help me; who that I release unto you the King is he that shall condemn me? Lo, of the Jews? (For he knew that
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the chief priests had delivered and they crucified him. And the him for envy.) But the chief superscription of his accusation priests moved the people, that was written over, THE KING he should rather release Barab- OF THE JEWS. And with him bas unto them. And Pilate an-they crucify two thieves; the one swered, and said again unto them, on his right hand, and the other What will ye then that I shall do on his left. And the scripture was unto him whom ye call the King fulfilled, which saith, And he was of the Jews? And they cried out numbered with the transgressors. again, Crucify him. Then Pilate And they that passed by railed said unto them, Why, what evil on him, wagging their heads, and hath he done? And they cried saying, Ah, thou that destroyest out the more exceedingly, Cru- the temple, and buildest it in three cify him. And so Pilate, willing days, save thyself, and come down to content the people, released from the cross. Likewise also the Barabbas unto them; and de-chief priests mocking, said among livered Jesus, when he had themselves, with the scribes, He Scourged him, to be crucified. saved others, himself he cannot And the soldiers led him away save. Let Christ the King of Isinto the hall, called Pretorium; rael descend now from the cross, and they called together the that we may see and believe. whole band. And they clothed And they that were crucified with him with purple, and platted a him reviled him. And when the crown of thorns, and put it about sixth hour was come, there was his head, and began to salute darkness over the whole land, unhim, Hail, King of the Jews. til the ninth hour. And at the And they smote him on the head ninth hour, Jesus cried with a with a reed, and did spit upon loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lahim, and bowing their knees wor- ma sabachthani? which is, being shipped him. And when they interpreted, My God, my God, had mocked him they took off why hast thou forsaken me? And the purple from him, and put his some of them that stood by, when own clothes on him, and led him they heard it, said, Behold, he out to crucify him. And they calleth Elias. And one ran and compel one Simon, a Cyrenian, filled a spunge full of vinegar, who passed by, coming out of the and put it on a reed, and gave country, the father of Alexander him to drink, saying, Let alone; and Rufus, to bear his cross. And let us see whether Elias will come they bring him unto the place to take him down. And Jesus Golgotha, which is, being inter- cried with a loud voice, and gave preted, the place of a skull. And up the ghost. And the vail of the they gave him to drink wine temple was rent in twain, from mingled with myrrh; but he re-the top to the bottom. And when ceived it not. And when they the Centurion, which stood over had crucified him, they parted against him, saw that he so cried his garments, casting lots upon out, and gave un the ghost, he them, what every man should said, Truly this i man was the Son take. And it was the third hour, of God.
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judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
must also of necessity be shall he appear the second time, the death of the testator; for a without sin, unto salvation. testament is of force after men The Gospel. St Luke, xxii. 1. are dead; otherwise it is of no NOW the feast of unleaven strength at all, whilst the testator ed bread drew nigh, which liveth. Whereupon, neither the is called the Passover. And the first testament was dedicated chief priests and scribes sought without blood. For when Moses how they might kill him; for had spoken every precept to all they feared the people. Then the people, according to the law, entered Satan into Judas, surhe took the blood of calves and named Iscariot, being of the num. of goats, with water, and scarlet ber of the twelve. And he went wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled his way, and communed with the both the book, and all the people, chief priests and captains how he saying, This is the blood of the might betray him unto them. testament which God hath en-And they were glad, and covejoined unto you. Moreover, he nanted to give him money. And sprinkled likewise with blood he promised, and sought oppor both the tabernacle and all the tunity to betray him unto them vessels of the ministry. And al-in the absence of the multitude. most all things are by the law Then came the day of unleaven purged with blood; and without ed bread, when the passover must shedding of blood is no remission. be killed. And he sent Peter It was therefore necessary that and John, saying, Go, and prethe patterns of things in the hea-pare us the passover, that we vens should be purified with may eat. And they said unto these; but the heavenly things him, Where wilt thou that we themselves with better sacrifices prepare? And he said unto them, than these. For Christ is not en- Behold, when ye are entered into tered into the holy places made the city, there shall a man meet with hands, which are the figures you bearing a pitcher of water; of the true; but into heaven it- follow him into the house where self, now to appear in the pre- he entereth in. And ye shall say sence of God for us: nor yet that unto the good man of the house, he should offer himself often, as The Master saith unto thee, Where the high priest entereth into the is the guest-chamber, where I holy place every year with blood shall eat the passover with my of others: (for then must he of disciples? And he shall show you ten have suffered since the foun- a large upper room furnished: dation of the world) but now there make ready. And they once, in the end of the world, went and found as he had said hath he appeared to put away unto them; and they made ready sin by the sacrifice of himself. the passover. And when the hour And as it is appointed unto men was come, he sat down, and the once to die, but after this the twelve Apostles with him. And