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Wednesday before Easter.

The Epistle. Heb. ix. 16.
THERE a testament is, there must also of necessity be

the death of the testator : for a testament is of force atter men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all whilst the testator liveth. Whereupon, neither the first teľtament was dedicated without blood. For when Mofes had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves, and of goats, with water, and, fcarlet wooll, and hyffop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament, which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover, he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purg ed with blood : and without shedding of blood is no remilfion. It was therefore necessary, that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better facrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true ; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: ñor yet that he should offer himself ofren, as the high Priest enterech into the holy place every year with blood of others : (for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world) but now, once in the end of the world, hach he appeared to put away sin by the facrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: fo Christ was once offered to bear the fins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without fin uaco falvation.

The Gospel. St Luke xxii. 1.
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called the pafliver. And the chief priefts and scribes fught how they might kill him ; for they feared the people

. Then entered Satan into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, being of the nunber of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief prie!ts, and captains, how he might

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betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, ani sought o; portunity to betray him unto them, in the absence of the multitude. Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the pallover must be killed. And he sent Peter, and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare ? And he said unto them, Behold, when-ye are entered into · the city, there shall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water : follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the good-man of the house, The Mafter faith unto thee, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall cat the passover with my disciples ? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished ;, there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them : and they made ready the passover. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve Apostles with him. And he faid unto them, With desire have I desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the king. dom of God. And he took the cup, and give thanks, and faid, Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I fay unto you, I will nor drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread; and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is thed for you. But behold, the hand of him thac betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, aj it was determined; bue woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed. And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordihip over them; and they thac exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors. Buc ye shall not be so : but he that is greatest among you, let hìın be as the younger and he that is chief, as he that

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doth ferve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth ? is not be that sitteth at meat? but I am anong you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a Kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me, that ye may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and fit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And the Lord faid, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may fift you as wheat: But I have prayed for three, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he faid, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, but now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written, must yet be accomplished in me. And he was reckoned among the tranfgreffors : for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he faid unto them, It is enough. And he came out, and went as he was wont, to the mount of Olives, and his dif. ciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he faid unto them, Pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stones cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thinse be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he

from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them feeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Why Neep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. And while he yet fpake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before thein, and drew near unto

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Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus faid unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss ? When they who were about him faw, what would follow; they said unto him, Lord, Ihall we smite with the sword ? And one of them {mote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right car. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. Then Jesus said unto the chief priests and captains of the temple, and the elders who were come to him, Be ye corne out as against a thief, with swords and staves ? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against nie: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Then 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 the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he fat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth, this fellow also was with him, for he is a Gali-, lean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately while he yet fpake, the cock crew. And che Lord turned and looked upon Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out and wept bitterly. And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfoided him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophecy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. And as foon as it was day, the elders of the people, and the chief priests, and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Christ tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe. And if I also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power

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of God. Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness ? for we ourselves have heard of bis own mouth.

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Thursday before Easter.
The Epistle.

1 Cor. xi. 17. N this that I declare unto you, I praise you not ; that

you come together, not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the Church, I hear that there be divisions among you ; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they who are approved, nay be made manifest among you. When ye conie together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eating, every one taketh before other his own supper : and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in ? or despise ye the Church of God, and shame them that have not ? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

For I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread : and when he had given tharks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat ; this is my body, which is broken for you : this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new teftament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do Mew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore, whosoever fhall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let hin eat of that br ad, and drink of that'cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not difcerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and lickly among you, and many sleep.. For if we would judge ourselves, we hould not be

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