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down from the cross. Like-
wise also the chief priests
mocking him, with the scribes
and elders, said, He saved
others, himself he cannot
save: if he be the King of
Israel, let him now
down from the cross, and we
will believe him. He trusted
in God; let him deliver him
now, if he will have him :
for he said, I am the Son of
God. The thieves also, which
were crucified with him, cast
the same in his teeth. Now
from the sixth hour there
was darkness over all the
land unto the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour
Jesus cried with a loud voice,
saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabach-
thani? that is to say, My
God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me? Some of
them that stood there, when
they heard that, said, This
man calleth for Elias. And

saying, Hail, King of the Jews. And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a scull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watch-straightway one of them ran, ed him there; and set up and took a spunge, and filled over his head his accusation it with vinegar, and put it written, THIS IS JESUS on a reed, and gave him to THE KING OF THE JEWS. drink. The rest said, Let be, Then were there two thieves let us see whether Elias will crucified with him; one on come to save him. Jesus, the right hand, and another when he had cried again on the left. And they that with a loud voice, yielded passed by reviled him, wag-up the ghost. And behold, ging their heads, and say- the vail of the temple was ing, Thou that destroyest the rent in twain from the top temple, and buildest it in to the bottom, and the earth three days, save thyself: if did quake, and the rocks rent, thou be the Son of God, come and the graves were opened,

and many bodies of saints | centurion, and they that were

which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the

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with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Monday before Easter.

FOR THE EPISTLE. Isai. lxiii. 1. HO is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat? I have trodden the wine-press alone, and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me, and my fury it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them

drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. I will mention the loving-kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness towards the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them, according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his loving-kindnesses. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love, and in his pity, he redeemed them, and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit; therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put

his Holy Spirit within him? | that led them by the right

hand of Moses, with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting Name? that led them through the deep as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble? As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious Name. Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness, and of thy glory: where is thy zeal, and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels, and of thy mercies towards me? Are they restrained? Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer, thy Name is from everlasting. O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways? and hardened our hearts from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary. We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy Name.

THE GOSPEL. St. Mark xiv. 1.

FTER two days was the

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feast of the Passover,

and of unleavened bread:
and the chief priests and
the scribes sought how they
might take him by craft, and
put him to death. But they
said, Not on the feast-day,
lest there be an uproar of the
people. And being in Beth-
any, in the house of Simon
the leper, as he sat at meat,
there came a woman having
an alabaster box of ointment
of spikenard, very precious;
and she brake the box, and
poured it on his head. And
there were some that had in-
dignation within themselves,
and said, Why was this waste
of the ointment made? for
it might have been sold for
more than three hundred
pence, and have been given
to the poor: and they mur-
mured against her. And Je-
sus said, Let her alone; why
trouble ye her? she hath
wrought a good work on me:
for ye have the poor with
you always, and whensoever
ye will ye may do them
good; but me ye have not
always. She hath done what
she could; she is come afore-
hand to anoint my body to
the burying. Verily I say
unto you, Wheresoever this
Gospel shall be preached
throughout the whole world,
this also that she hath done

shall be spoken of for a me- | unto him one by one, Is it morial of her. And Judas I? and another said, Is it I? Iscariot, one of the twelve, And he answered and said went unto the chief priests to unto them, It is one of the betray him unto them. And twelve that dippeth with me when they heard it they were in the dish. The Son of Man glad, and promised to give indeed goeth, as it is written him money. And he sought of him: but wo to that man how he might conveniently by whom the Son of Man is betray him. And the first day betrayed: good were it for of unleavened bread, when that man if he had never they killed the passover, his been born. And as they did disciples said unto him, Where eat, Jesus took bread, and wilt thou that we go and pre- blessed, and brake it, and pare, that thou mayest eat gave to them, and said, Take, the passover? And he send- eat: this is my body. And eth forth two of his disciples, he took the cup, and when and saith unto them, Go ye he had given thanks he gave into the city, and there shall it to them: and they all meet you a man bearing a drank of it. And he said pitcher of water; follow him: unto them, This is my blood And wheresoever he shall go of the new testament, which in, say ye to the good-man of is shed for many. Verily I the house, The Master saith, say unto you, I will drink no Where is the guest-chamber, more of the fruit of the vine, where I shall eat the passover until that day that I drink with my disciples? And he it new in the Kingdom of will shew you a large upper- God. And when they had room furnished, and prepar- sung an hymn they went out ed: there make ready for us. into the mount of Olives. And his disciples went forth, And Jesus saith unto them, and came into the city, and All ye shall be offended befound as he had said unto cause of me this night: for them: and they made ready it is written, I will smite the the passover. And in the shepherd, and the sheep shall evening he cometh with the be scattered. But, after that twelve. And as they sat, and I am risen, I will go before did eat, Jesus said, Verily I you into Galilee. But Peter say unto you, One of you said unto him, Although all which eateth with me shall shall be offended, yet will betray me. And they began not I. And Jesus saith unto to be sorrowful, and to say him, Verily I say unto thee,

That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy, and saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death; tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed, that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation: the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. And when he returned he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they

what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him. And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Are ye come out as against a thief, with swords and with staves, to take me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the Scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth

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