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judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren when ye come together to eat, carry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

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The Gospel. St Luke xxiii. 1.
HE whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto

Pilate. And they began to accufe him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying, that he himself is Christ, a King. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews ? And he answered him, and said, Thou sayest it. Then said Pilate to the chief priests, and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself was also at Jerufalem at that time. And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad : for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him ; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words ; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men of war fet him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together ; for before they were at enmity between themselves. And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, and the rulers and the people, said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me as one that perverteth the people: and behold, I have examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod : for I sent you to him, and lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise

him, and release him. (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) And they cried out all at once, faying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast in prison.) Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified : and the voices of them and of the chief priests, prevailed. And Pilate gave fentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them bim, that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired : but he delivered Jesus to their will. And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, who also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them, said Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry ? And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him; and the malefaclors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding: and the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying, If thou be the King of the Jews fave thyself. And a luperscription also was

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written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors, which were hanged, railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying, Doft not thou fear, God, fecing thou art in the same condemnation ? And we indeed juftly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds : but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he laid unto Jefus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy Kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto shee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth uncil the ninch hour. And the sun was darkened, and the vail of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit : and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion law what was done, be glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things that were done, Imote their breasts, and returned. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off beholding

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The Colleais.
Lmighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold

this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of kicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross, who now livech and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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On the firA COLLECT for Good Friday. O Almighty God, we beseech thee to bless with thy particular care and favour thy houlhold (Eph. ii. 19.) the church, for the sake of which ** Saviour, that he might ransom it with his own blood, (Ass XX. 28.)

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Lmighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the

whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; Receive our Supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for, all estates of men in thy holy Church; that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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thing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a finner, but rather that he should be converted and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Hereticks, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word ; and so fetch them home, blefred Lord, to thy Aock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one

PARAPHRASE. was contented to be betrayed in the most perfidious manner, (Luke xxii. 1.) and to be delivered into the hands of the wicked who crucified and New him; but who now enjoys renewed life, and reigns in concert with the Father and the Holy Ghost triumphantly for ever in heaven. Amen.

Paraphrase on the second EOLLECT for Good Friday. O omnipotent Being, by whose Spirit the unity of the church is preserved, (Eph. iv. 3.) and every individual member of it is sanctified, (Rom. xiii. 16.) we beseech thee to hear favourably the prayers which we offer up to thy divine Majesty, for all the members of thy church of what condition soever, for princes, subjects, clergy, laity, rich and poor, &c. that they may all serve thee in their various callings and stations, and do good in their respective ways in their generations, by leading sober and virtuous lives, and deroutly worshipping thee ; and this we beg for the fake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Paraphrase on the third COLLECT

for Good Friday, O molt gracious and merciful God, who haft created all men, and art. so far from hating those whom thou hast called into existence, that thou so lovedft the world, as to give thy only begotten Son, that they might have eternal life, (John iii. 16.) who haft no pleafure that the wicked Mould dies

, but that he should turn from his ways and live ; (Ezek. xviii. 23.) Display thy mercy by converting all Jews, Turks, and Infidels ; rescue them from that ignorance which arises from their not having heard or not understood thy word ; all hardness of heart or contempt of thy word, in not attending to, or defpifing thy revelations; and fo bring

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Shepherd, Jesus Chrift-our Lord, who liveth and reigneth wich thee and the Holy Spirit, one God world without end. Amen.

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The Epiftle. Heb. x. i.
THE law having a shadow of good things to come, and

not the very image of the things, can never with those facrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect : for then would they not have ceased to be offered because that the worshippers once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins. But in chofe sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible chat the blood of bulls and of goats should take away lins : Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldft not, but a body haft thou prepared me : In burnt offerings and facrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure : Then said 1, Lo, I come (In the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, o God. Above, when he said, Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings, and offering for sin thou wouldst not, neither hadît pleasure therein, which are offered by the law: Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will

, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering, and offering often-times the same sacrifices which can never take away fins. But this man, after he had offered one facrifice for fins

, for ever sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are fanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghoft also is a witness to us : For after that he had said before, This is the covenant that

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PARAPHRASE home thy ftray theep, (Luke xv. 4.) that they may be saved among the Femnant of Israelites, which are according to the election of grace; (Rom. xi. 5.) and that they may make one fold under one shepherd (Joha 17.) Jelas Chrif our Lord. Amen. W

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