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he said unto them, With desire that ye may eat and drink at my I have desired to eat this passover table in my kingdom, and sit on with you before I suffer. For thrones, judging the twelve tribes say unto you, I will not any more of Israel. And the Lord said, eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath the kingdom of God. And he desired to have you, that he may took the cup, and gave thanks, sift you as wheat: but have and said, Take this, and divide it prayed for thee, that thy faith fail among yourselves. For I say not; and when thou art convertunto you, I will not drink of the ed, strengthen thy brethren. And fruit of the vine, until the king-he said unto him, Lord, I am dom of God shall come. And he ready to go with thee both into took bread, and gave thanks, and prison and to death. And he said, brake it, and gave unto them, say-I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall ing, This is my body, which is not crow this day, before that thou given for you: this do in remem-shalt thrice deny that thou knowbrance of me. Likewise also the est me. And he said unto them, cup after supper, saying, This cup When I sent you without purse, is the new testament in my blood, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye which is shed for you. But be-any thing? And they said, Nohold, the hand of him that betray-thing. Then said he unto them, eth me is with me on the table. But now he that hath a purse, let And truly the Son of man goeth him take it, and likewise his as it was determined: but woe scrip: and he that hath no sword, unto that man by whom he is be-let him sell his garment and buy trayed. And they began to in-one. For I say unto you, that this quire among themselves, which that is written must yet be acof them it was that should do this complished in me, And he was. thing. And there was also a strife reckoned among the transgresamong them, which of them sors: for the things concerning should be accounted the greatest. me have an end. And they said, And he said unto them, The kings Lord, behold, here are two of the Gentiles exercise lordship swords. And he said unto them, over them; and they that exer- It is enough. And he came out, cise authority upon them are and went, as he was wont, to the called benefactors. But ye shall mount of Olives; and his discinot be so but he that is greatest ples also followed him. And among you, let him be as the when he was at the place, he younger; and he that is chief, as said unto them, Pray that ye enhe that doth serve. For whether ter not into temptation. And he is greater, he that sitteth at meat, was withdrawn from them about or he that serveth? is not he that a stone's cast, and kneeled down, sitteth at meat? But I am among and prayed, saying, Father, if thou you as he that serveth. Ye are be willing, remove this cup from they which have continued with me: nevertheless, not my will, me in my temptations. And I ap-but thine be done. And there point unto you a kingdom, as my appeared an angel unto him from Father hath appointed unto me:heaven, strengthening him. And

being in an agony, he prayed while another saw him, and said, more earnestly; and his sweat Thou art also of them. And Pewas as it were great drops of ter said, Man, I am not. And ablood falling down to the ground. bout the space of one hour after, And when he rose up from prayer, another confidently affirmed, say. and was come to his disciples, ing, Of a truth, this fellow also he found them sleeping for sor-was with him; for he is a Garow, and said unto them, Why lilean. And Peter said, Man, I sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye know not what thou sayest. And enter into temptation. And while immediately, while he yet spake, he yet spake, behold, a multitude, the cock crew. And the Lord and he that was called Judas, one turned, and looked upon Peter; of the twelve, went before them, and Peter remembered the word and drew near unto Jesus to kiss of the Lord, how he had said unto him. But Jesus said unto him, him, Before the cock crow, thou Judas, betrayest thou the Son of shalt deny me thrice. And Peter man with a kiss? When they went out and wept bitterly. And which were about him saw what the men that held Jesus, mocked would follow, they said unto him, him, and smote him. And when Lord, shall we smite with the they had blindfolded him, they sword? And one of them smote struck him on the face, and asked the servant of the high priest, and him, saying, Prophesy, who is cut off his right ear. And Jesus it that smote thee? And many answered and said, Suffer ye thus other things blasphemously spake far. And he touched his ear, and they against him. And, as soon healed him. Then Jesus said un- as it was day, the elders of the to the chief priests and captains people, and the chief priests, and of the temple, and the elders the scribes came together, and which were come to him, Be ye led him into their council, saying, come out as against a thief, with Art thou the Christ? Tell us. swords and staves? When I was And he said unto them, If I tell daily with you in the temple, ye you, ye will not believe: And if I stretched forth no hands against also ask you, ye will not answer me but this is your hour, and me, nor let me go. Hereafter the power of darkness. Then shall the Son of man sit on the took they him, and led him, and right band of the power of God. brought him into the high priest's Then said they all, Art thou then house. And Peter followed afar the Son of God? And he said off. And when they had kindled unto them. Ye say that I am. And a fire in the midst of the hall, and they said, What need we any were set down together, Peter further witness? for we ourselves sat down among them. But a have heard of his own mouth. certain maid beheld him, as hel Thursday before Easter. sat by the fire, and earnestly The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17. looked upon him, and said, This TN this that I declare unto you, man was also with him. And he I praise you not; that you denied him, saying, Woman, I come together not for the better, know him not. And after a little but for the worse. For first of all,

when ye come together in the sleep. For if we would judge our. Church, I hear that there be di-selves, we should not be judged. visions among you; and I partly But when we are judged, we are believe it. For there must be also chastened of the Lord, that we beresies among you, that they should not be condemned with which are approved may be made the world. Wherefore, my brethmanifest among you. When ye ren, when ye come together to come together therefore into one eat, tarry one for another. And place, this is not to eat the Lord's if any man hunger, let him eat at Supper. For, in eating, every home; that ye come not together

one taketh before other his own unto condemnation. And the rest supper and one is hungry, and will I set in order when I come. another is drunken. What, have The Gospel. St. Luke, xxiii. 1. ye not houses to eat and to drink THE whole multitude of them in? or despise ye the Church of arose, and led him unto Pilate. God, and shame them that have And they began to accuse him, not? What shall I say to you? saying, We found this fellow pershall I praise you in this? I praise verting the nation, and forbidding you not. For I have received of to give tribute to Cæsar, saying, the Lord that which also I deli-that he himself is Christ a king. vered unto you, That the Lord And Pilate asked him, saying, Jesus, the same night in which Art thou the king of the Jews? he was betrayed, took bread; and And he answered him, and said, when he had given thanks, he Thou sayest it. Then said Pilate brake it, and said, Take, eat; to the chief priests and to the this is my body, which is broken people, I find no fault in this man. for you: this do in remembrance And they were the more fierce, of me. After the same manner saying, He stirreth up the people, also he took the cup, when he had teaching throughout all Jewry, supped, saying, This cup is the beginning from Galilee to this new testament in my blood: this place. When Pilate heard of do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in re- Galilee, he asked whether the membrance of me. For as often man were a Galilean. And as soon as ye eat this bread, and drink this as he knew that he belonged unto cup, ye do show the Lord's death Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him till he come. Wherefore, whoso-to Herod, who himself was also ever shall eat this bread, and drink at Jerusalem at that time. And this cup of the Lord unworthily, when Herod saw Jesus, he was shall be guilty of the body and exceeding glad; for he was deblood of the Lord. But let a man sirous to see him of a long seaexamine himself, and so let him son, because he had heard many eat of that bread, and drink of things of him; and he hoped to that cup. For he that eateth and have seen some miracle done by drinketh unworthily, eateth and him. Then he questioned with drinketh damnation to himself, him in many words; but he annot discerning the Lord's body.swered him nothing. And the For this cause many are weak chief priests and scribes stood and and sickly among you, and many vehemently accused him. And

Herod with bis men of war set will. And as they led him away, him at nought, and mocked him, they laid hold upon one Simon, and arrayed him in a gorgeous a Cyrenian, coming out of the robe, and sent him again to Pilate. country, and on him they laid And the same day Pilate and He- the cross, that he might bear it rod were made friends together; after Jesus. And there followed for before, they were at enmity him a great company of people, between themselves. And Pilate, and of women, who also bewailed when he had called together the and lamented him. But Jesus chief priests, and the rulers, and turning unto them, said, Daughthe people, said unto them, Yeters of Jerusalem, weep not for have brought this man unto me me, but weep for yourselves, and as one that perverteth the people for your children. For behold, and behold, I, having examined the days are coming, in the which him before you, have found no they shall say, Blessed are the fault in this man, touching those barren, and the wombs that never things whereof ye accuse him bare, and the paps which never No, nor yet Herod: for I sent gave suck. Then shall they beyou to him; and lo, nothing wor-gin to say to the mountains, Fall thy of death is done unto him. on us; and the hills, Cover us. I will therefore chastise him, and For if they do these things in a release him. (For of necessity green tree, what shall be done in he must release one unto them the dry? And there were also at the feast.) And they cried two others, malefactors, led with out all at once, saying, Away him to be put to death. And with this man, and release unto when they were come to the us Barabbas: (who for a certain place which is called Calvary sedition made in the city, and for there they crucified him, and murder, was cast into prison.) the malefactors; one on the right Pilate, therefore, willing to re-hand, and the other on the left. lease Jesus, spake again to them. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive But they cried, saying, Crucify them, for they know not what him, crucify him. And he said they do. And they parted his unto them the third time, Why, raiment, and cast lots. And the what evil hath he done? I have people stood beholding: and the found no cause of death in him:rulers also with them derided I will therefore chastise him, and him, saying, he saved others; let let him go. And they were in-him save himself, if he be Christ stant with loud voices, requiring the chos of God. And the solthat he might be crucified and diers also mocked him, coming the voices of them and of the to him, and offering him vinegar, chief priests prevailed. And Pi- and saying, If thou be the king late gave sentence that it should of the Jews, save thyself. And be as they required. And he re-a superscription also was written leased unto them him that for over him in letters of Greek, and sedition and murder was cast into Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS prison, whom they had desired: THE KING OF THE JEWS. but he delivered Jesus to their And one of the malefactors, which

were hanged, railed on him, say- and the Holy Ghost, ever one ing, If thou be Christ, save thy-God, world without end. Amen.. self and us. But the other an- ALMIGHTY and everlasting swering, rebuked him, saying, God, by whose Spirit the Dost not thou fear God, seeing whole body of the Church is gothou art in the same condemna-verned and sanctified; receive tion? And we indeed justly; for our supplications and prayers, we receive the due reward of which we offer before thee for our deeds but this man hath all estates of men in thy holy done nothing amiss. And he said Church, that every member of unto Jesus, Lord, remember me the same, in his vocation and miwhen thou comest into thy king-nistry, may truly and godly serve dom. And Jesus said unto him, thee, through our Lord and SaVerily I say unto thee, To-day viour Jesus Christ. Amen. shalt thon be with me in Para- Merciful God, who hast made dise. And it was about the sixth all men, and hatest nothing hour, and there was darkness that thou hast made, nor desirest over all the earth until the ninth the death of a sinner, but rather hour. And the sun was darken-that he should be converted and ed, and the vail of the temple was live; have mercy upon all Jews, rent in the midst. And when Turks, Infidels, and Heretics; Jesus had cried with a loud and take from them all ignorance, voice, he said, Father, into thy hardness of heart, and contempt hands I commend my spirit: and of thy word; and so fetch them having said thus, he gave up the home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, ghost. Now when the Centurion that they may be saved among saw what was done, he glorified the remnant of the true Israelites, God, saying, Certainly this was a and be made one fold under one righteous man. And all the peo- Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, ple that came together to that who liveth and reigneth with thee sight, beholding the things that and the Holy Spirit, one God, were done, smote their breasts world without end. Amen. and returned. And all his ac- The Epistle. Heb. x. 1. quaintance, and the women that THE law having a shadow of followed him from Galilee, stood good things to come, and not afar off, beholding these things. the very image of the things, can never, with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. For then, would they

Good Friday..

The Collects.

ALMIGHTY God, we beseech not have ceased to be offered ? thee graciously to behold this because that the worshippers, thy family, for which our Lord once purged, should have had no Jesus Christ was contented to be more conscience of sins. But in betrayed, and given up into the those sacrifices there is a rememhands of wicked men, and to brance again made of sins every suffer death upon the cross, who year. For it is not possible that the now liveth and reigneth with thee, blood of bulls and of goats should

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