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Monday before Easter.

The Epistle. Isaiah lxiii.

WHAT is he this, that commeth from Edom, with red-colored clothes of Bosra? (whiche is so costly clothe) and commeth in so mightely with all his strength? I am he that teacheth righteousnes and am of power to help. Wherfore then is thy clothyng red, and thy rayment lyke his that treadeth in the wyne presse? I have troden the presse myselfe alone, and of all people there is not one with me.
    Thus will I tread doune myne enemies in my wrath, and sette my feete upon them in mine indignacion. And their bloud shall bespryng my clothes, and so wil I stayne all my rayment. For the day of vengeaunce is assigned in my heart, and the yere when my people shalbe delivered is come. I loked aboute me, and there was no man to shewe me any helpe. I mervayled that no man helde me up. Then I helde me by myne owne arme, and my ferventnes sustayned me. And thus will I tread doune the people in my wrath, and bathe them in my displeasure, and upon the yearth will I lay their strength.
    I wil declare the goodnes of the lorde, yea and the praise of the Lorde for all that he hath geven us, for the great good that he hath done for Israel; whiche he hath geven them of his owne favour, and accordyng to the multitude of his lovyng-kyndnesses. For he sayd: these no dovbte are my people and no shrinkyng children; and so he was their savior. In their troubles, he was also troubled with them: and the Angell that wente furth from his presence, delivered them. Of very love and kyndnes that he had unto them, he redemed them. He hath borne them and caried them up, ever sence the worlde began: But after they provoked him to wrath and vexed his holy mynde, he was their enemy, and fought againste them himselfe. Yet remembred Israell the olde tyme of Moses and hys people, saiyng; where is he that broughte them from the water of the sea, with them that fedde his shepe? where is he that hath geven his holy spirite among them? he led them by the right hand of Moses, with his glorious arme: devidyng the water before them, (whereby he gate hymselfe an everlastyng name) he led them in the depe, as an horsse is led in the playne, that they shoulde not stumble, as a tame beast goeth in the felde: and the breath geven of God, geveth him rest.
    Thus (O God) hast thou led thy people, to make thyselfe a glorious name withall. Looke doune then from heaven, and beholde the dwellyngplace of thy sanctuary and thy glory. Howe is it that thy gelousy, thy strengthe, the multitude of thy mercyes, and thy lovynge kyndnes, will not be intreated of us? yet art thou oure father. For Abraham knoweth us not, neither is Israell acquaynted with us: But thou Lord, art our father and redemer, and thy name is everlastynge. O Lorde, wherfore haste thou led us out of thy way? wherfore hast thou hardened our heartes, that we feare thee not? Be at one with us againe, for thy servauntes sake, and for the generacion of thyne heritage. Thy people have had but a litle of thy Sanctuary in possession, for oure enemyes have troden doune the holy place. And we were thyne from the beginnyng, when thou wast not their Lorde, for they have not called upon thy name.



[Isaiah 63:1-19]

The Gospel. Mark xiv.

AFTER two daies was Easter [=Passover], and the dayes of swet [=unleavened] bread. And the hie Priestes and the Scribes sought how they might take him by crafte, and put him to death. But they sayde; not in the feaste daye, leste any busynes arise among the people. And when he was at Bethany, in the house of Symon the leper, even as he sate at meat, there came a woman havying an Alabaster boxe of oyntment called Narde, that was pure and costly; and she brake the boxe, and powred it upon his head. And there were some that were not contente within themselves, and sayde: what neded this waste of oyntment? for it mighte have been solde for more than ccc pence, and have been geven unto the poore. And they grudged agaynste her. And Jesus sayde: let her alone, why trouble ye her? She hath done a good worke on me: for ye have poore with you alwayes, and whensoever ye wyll ye may do them good; but me have ye not alwayes. She hath done that she coulde, she came aforehand to anoynte my body to the buriyng. Verely I saye unto you; whersoever. this Gospell shalbe preached throughout the whole worlde, this also that she hath done, shalbe rehearsed in remembraunce of her.
    And Judas Iscarioth, one of the xii, went awaye unto the hye priestes to betraye hym unto them. When they hearde that they were glad, and promised that they woulde geve him money. And he soughte howe he mighte conveniently betraye him. And the fyrste daye of swete bread, (when they offered Passeover,) his disciples sayde unto him: where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou maiest eat the Passeover? And he sent furth two of his disciples, and sayd unto them; go ye into the citie, and there shall mete you a man bearyng a pitcher of water, folowe him. And whithersoever he goeth in, saye ye unto the goodman of the house, the master sayth; where is the gest chamber, where I shall eate Passeover with my disciples? And he wil shew you a great parlour paved [=furnished] and prepared: there make ready for us. And hys Discyples wente furth, and came into the citie, and founde as he had sayd unto them: and they made ready the passeover. And when it was now eventide he came with the xii. And as they sate at boorde, and did eate, Jesus sayd, verely I say unto you, one of you (that eateth with me) shall betraye me. And they began to be sory, and to say to him one by one; is it I? and another sayd, is it I? he aunswered and sayd unto them: it is one of the xii, even he that dippeth with me in the platter. The sonne of man truely goeth, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whome the sonne of man is betrayed: Good were it for that man if he had never bene borne. And as they dyd eate, Jesus tooke breade, and when he had geven thankes, he brake it, and gave to them, and sayd: Take, eate, this is my bodye. And he toke the cup, and when he had geven thankes he tooke it to them, and they all dranke of it. And he sayd unto them, Thys is my bloude of the new testament, whiche is shed for many. Verelye I saye unto you, I will drynke no more of the fruycte of the vyne, untyll that day that I drinke it newe in the kingdome of God. And when they had sayde grace, they wente oute to the mount Olivete.
    And Jesus sayeth unto them, all ye shall be offended [=fall into sinful ways] because of me, this night. For it is written; I will smite the shepeherd and the shepe shall bee skatered: but after that I am risen agayn, I will goe into Galile before you. Peter sayd unto him; and though all men be offended, yet wil not I. And Jesus sayeth unto him; verely I say unto the, that this day, even in this night before the Cocke krowe twise, thou shalt denie me thre times. But he spake more vehementlye: no, if I shoulde dye with thee, I will not deny thee. Lykewise also sayde they all. And they came into a place whiche was named Gethsemany: and he sayd to hys disciples; sit ye here, while I goe asyde and pray. And he taketh with hym Peter, and James, and John, and began to waxe abashed and to be in an agonye, and sayd unto them My soule is heavy, even unto the death; tary ye here, and watche. And he wente furth a litle, and fell downe flat on the ground, and prayed: that if it were possible, the houre might passe from hym. And he sayd; Abba father, al thinges are possible unto the, take away this cup from me; neverthelesse, not that I will, but that thou wilte bee doone. And he came and founde them sleping, and sayth to Peter: Simon slepest thou? Couldeste thou not watche one houre? watche ye and pray, leste ye enter into temptacion, the spirite truely is ready, but the flesh is weake. And again he went aside and praied, and spake the same wordes. And he returned and found them aslepe agayne, for their iyes were heavye, neyther wiste [=knew] they what to aunswere him. And he came the third time and sayde unto them: slepe hencefoorthe, and take your ease, it is enoughe. The houre is come, beholde, the sonne of man is betrayed into the handes of sinners: Rise up, let us goe; loe, he that betrayeth me is at hande. And immediately while he yet spake, cummeth Judas, (which was one of the xii,) and with him a great noumber of people with sweordes and staves, from the hye priestes, and Scribes, and elders. And he that betrayed hym, had geven them a generall token, saiyng; whosoever I doe kysse, the same is he; take hym and leade hym awaye warely. And as sone as he was come, he goth streghtway to him, and saith unto him, Master, Master; and kissed him: and they laid their handes on hym, and toke hym. And one of them that stode by drewe out a sweord, and smote a servaunte of the hye prieste, and cut of his eare. And Jesus aunswered, and said unto them; ye be come out as unto a thefe with sweordes and staves for to take me: I was dayly with you in the temple teachyng, and ye toke me not: but these thynges come to passe that the Scriptures shoulde be fulfilled. And they al forsooke hym, and ranne awaie. And there folowed him a certaine yong man clothed in linnen upon the bare, and the yong men caughte hym, and he left his linnen garmente and fled from them naked. And they led Jesus awaye to the higheste pryeste of all, and with hym came all the hie priestes and the Elders and the Scribes. And Peter folowed hym a greate waye of, (even tyll he was come into the palace of the hye prieste,) and he sate with the servauntes, and warmed hymselfe at the fyre. And the hie priestes and all the counsaile sought for witnes against Jesu to put hym to deathe, and founde none: for manye bare false witnesse againste hym, but theyr witnesses agreed not together. And there arose certayn, and brought false witnes against hym, saiyng; wee hearde hym saye, I wyll destroye this temple that is made with handes, and within iii daies I wyll buylde another made withoute handes. But yet their witnesses agreed not together. And the hye prieste stode uppe among them, and asked Jesus saying; aunswerest thou nothyng? Howe is it that these beare witnesse against the? But he helde his peace, and answered nothing. Againe the hie prieste asked him, and said unto him; art thou Christ the sonne of the blessed? And Jesus said; I am. And ye shal see the sonne of manne sitting on the righte hande of power, and comming in the cloudes of heaven. Then the hie priest rent his clothes, and said, what ned we any further of wytnesses? ye have heard blasphemy, what thynke ye? And they all condemned him to be worthy of death. And some began to spyt at hym, and to cover his face, and to beate hym with fystes, and to saye unto hym; arede [=prophesy], and the servauntes buffeted hym on the face. And as Peter was beneth in the palace, there came one of the wenches of the hieste prieste, and when she sawe Peter warmyng himselfe, she loked on hym, and said; waste not thou also with Jesus of Nazareth? And he deined, saying, I knowe hym not, neyther wote [=know] I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porche, and the Cock krewe. And a damosel (when she sawe him) began again to saye to them that stode by: thys is one of them. And he denied it againe. And anone after they that stode by, said againe unto Peter: surely thou art one of them, for thou art of Galile, and thy speche agreeth therto. But he beganne to curse and to sweare, saying, I knowe not this man of whome ye speake. And agayne the Cocke krewe, and Peter remembred the worde that Jesus had sayd unto hym; before the Cocke crowe twyse, thou shalt deny me thre tymes. And he began to wepe.




[Mark 14:1-72]

Tewesday before Easter.

The Epistle. Esai. 1.

THE Lorde God hath opened myne eare, therfore can I not saye naye, neither withdrawe myselfe: but I offre my backe unto the smiters, and my chekes to the nyppers: I turne not my face from shame and spittyng, and the Lorde God shall helpe me, therfore shall I not bee confounded. I have hardened my face lyke a flynte stone, for I am sure that I shall not come to confusion. He is at hande that justifyeth me, who will then go to lawe with me? Let us stande one against another; yf there be any that will reason with me, lette hym come here forth unto me. Beholde the Lorde God standeth by me, what is he then that can condemne me? loe, they shall bee all lyke as an olde clothe, the mothe shall eate them up.
    Therfore, whoso feareth the Lorde among you, lette hym heare the voyce of his servaunte. Whoso walketh in darkenesse, and no lyght shyneth upon him, lette him put his trust in the name of the Lorde, and holde hym by his God: but take hede, ye all kyndle a fyre of the wrathe of God, and steare up the coales: walke on in the glisteryng [glittering] of youre owne fyre, and in the coales that ye have kindled. This commeth unto you from my hande, namely that ye shall slepe in sorowe.



[Isaiah 50:4-11]

The Gospell. Mark xv.

AND anone in the dawnynge, the hye priestes helde a counsaile with the Elders and the Scribes, and the whole congregacion, and bounde Jesus, and led hym awaye, and delyvered hym to Pilate. And Pilate asked hym: art thou the kyng of the Jewes? and he answered and sayd to hym; thou saiest it. And the hie priestes accused him of many thynges. So Pilate asked him again, saiyng: aunswerest thou nothing? Beholde howe many thinges they lay to thy charge. Jesus aunswered yet nothyng, so that Pilate mervailed. At that feast Pilate dyd deliver unto them a priesoner, whomsoever they woulde desire. And there was one that was named Barrabas, whiche laye bounde with them that made insurreccion: he had committed murther. And the people called unto him, and beganne to desyre him, that he woulde doe according as he had ever done unto them. Pilate answered them, saiyng: will ye that I lette loce unto you the King of the Jewes? For he knewe that the hye priestes had delivered him of envye. But the hye priestes moved the people, that he shoulde rather deliver Barrabas unto them. Pilate answered againe, and saide unto them; what will ye that I then do unto hym, whom ye cal the kyng of the Jewes? And they cryed againe, crucifye hym. Pilate saide unto them: what eivill hathe he doone? And they cryed the more ferventlye, crucifie hym. And so Pilate wyllyng to contente the people, lette loce Barrabas unto them, and delivered up Jesus (when he had scorged him) for to be crucified. And the souldiours ledde hym awaye into the common hall, and called together the whole multitude, and they clothed hym wyth purple, and they platted [plaited] a croune of thornes and crouned him withall, and began to salute him; Hayle kyng of the Jewes. And they smote hym on the heade with a reede, and did spit upon him, and bowed their knees and worshypped him. And when they had mocked him, they toke the purple of him, and put hys owne clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compelled one that passed by called Simon of Cirene, (the father of Alexander and Rufus,) whyche came out of the feld to beare his crosse. And they brought hym to a place named Golgotha (whiche if a manne interprete it, is the place of dead mens sculles) and they gave him to drinke wyne mingled with mirre [myrrh], but he receaved it not.
    And when they had crucifyed hym, they parted hys garmentes, castyng lottes upon them what every man should take. And it was about the third houre, and they crucyfied him. And the title of hys cause was wrytten, The kyng of the Jewes. And they crucified with hym two theves; the one on his right hand, and the other on hys left. And the scripture was fulfyiled, which sayeth; he was counted among the wicked. And they that went by, rayled on him; wagging their heades and saying; Ah wretche, thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it againe in thre dayes; save thyselfe and come doune from the crosse. Lykewyse also mocked hym the hye priestes among themselves, with the scribes, and sayd; he saved other men, himself he cannot save. Let Christ the king of Irsael descende nowe from the crosse, that we maye see and beleve. And they that were crucyfied with hym, checked [=rebuked] hym also. And when the sixt houre was come, darcknes arose over all the earth until the ninth houre. And at the nynth houre Jesus cryed with a loude voyce, saying; Eloy, Eloy, lamasabathany? whyche is, (if one interprete it,) my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stoode by, when they heard that, sayd; behold, he calleth for Helias [Elijah]. And one ranne and fylled a sponge full of vineger, and put it on a reede, and gane hym to dryncke, saiyng; let him alone, let us se whether Helias will come and take hym downe. But Jesus cryed with a loude voyce, and gave up the gost. And the vayle of the temple rente in ii peces, from the top to the bottom. And when the Centurion (which stoode before him) sawe that he so cryed, and gave up the gost, he sayde: truely this man was the sonne of god. There were also weomen a good way of, beholding him; among whome was Marye Magdalene and Marye the mother of James the litle [=younger], and of Joses [Joseph], and Mary Salome (which also when he was in Galile had folowed him, and ministred unto him;) and many other weomen, which came up with him to Jerusalem. And nowe when the even [evening] was come, (because it was the day of preparyng that goeth before the Sabboth,) Joseph of the citie of Aramathia, a noble counsailor, whiche also loked for the kingdome of God, came and went in boldely unto Pilate, and begged of hym the body of Jesu. And Pilate marveiled that he was alredy dead, and called unto hym the Centurion, and asked of him, whether he had bene any while dead. And when he knewe the trueth of the Centurion, he gave the bodye to Joseph. And he bought a linnen cloth, and toke him down, and wrapped him in the linnen cloth, and laied him in a sepulchre that was hewen out of a rocke, and rolled a stone before the dore of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene, and Mary Joses behelde where he was layde.




[Mark 15:1-47]

Wednesday before Easter.

The Epistle. Heb. ix.

WHEREAS is a testament, there must also (of necessitie) be the death of him that maketh the testament. For the testament taketh aucthorite when men are dead; for it is yet of no value, as long as he that maketh the testament is alive, for whiche cause also, neither the first testament was ordayned without bloude. For when Moyses had declared all the commaundemente to all the people, according to the lawe, he tooke the bloude of calves and of Goates, with water, and purple wolle [wool], and ysope [hyssop], and sprinckled both the booke, and al the people, saying: this is the bloud of the testament, which god hath appoynted unto you. Moreover, he sprinkled the tabernacle with bloude also, and all the ministring vessels. And almost all thinges are by the lawe purged with bloud, and without sheading of bloude is no remission. It is nede then, that the similitudes of heavenlye thynges bee purifyed with suche thinges; but that the heavenly thynges themselves, bee purifyed with better sacrifices then are those. For Christ is not entred into the holye places that are made with handes, (whiche are similitudes of true thynges,) but is entred into very heaven, for to appeare now in the sight of god for us; not to offer himselfe often, as the hie priest entreth into the holye place everye yere with strange bloud: for then must he have often suffred sence [since] the world began. But now in the end of the world hath he appeared once, to put sinne to flight by the offeryng up of hymselfe. And as it is appoynted unto al men that they shal once dye, and then cometh the judgement: even so Christ was once offered to take away the sinnes of many, and unto them that looke for hym shall he appeare agayne without sinne unto salvacion.



[Hebrews 9:16-28]

The Gospel. Luke xxii.

THE feast of swete [=unleavened] bread drew nye, which is called Easter [=Passover], and the hye priestes and Scribes sought howe they myght kill him; for they feared the people. Then entred Sathan into Judas, whose sirname was Iscarioth (whiche was of the numbre of the xii) and he went his waye and commoned with the hye priestes and officers, how he might betray hym unto them. And they were glad, and promysed to geve him moneye. And he consented, and sought oportunitie to betraye him unto them when the people were awaye. Then came the daye of swete breade, when of necessitie passeover must be offred. And he sent Peter and John, saying; go and prepare us the passeover, that we maye eate. They sayed unto him; where wilt thou that we prepare? And he saied unto them; behold, when ye entre into the citie, there shall a man mete you bearing a pitcher of water, him folowe into the same house that he entreth in, and ye shall saye unto the good man of the house; the maister saieth unto the; where is the gest-chambre, where I shall eate the passeover with my disciples? And he shall shewe you a greate parlour paved [=furnished]; there make ready. And they went, and found as he had sayed unto them, and they made ready the passeover. And when the houre was come, he sat doune, and the xii Apostles with him. And he sayed unto them; I have inwardly desired to eate this passeover with you before that I suffre. For I saye unto you; henceforth I wyll not eate of it any more, untill it be fulfilled in the kingdome of God. And he tooke the cup, and gave thankes, and sayed; Take this and devide it among you. For I saye unto you; I wyll not drinke of the fruite of the vine, untill the kingdome of God come. And he toke bread, and when he had geven thankes, he brake it, and gave unto them, saying; This is my body, whiche is geven for you: This do in the remembraunce of me. Likewyse also when he had supped, he tooke the cup, saying; This cup is the new testamente in my bloude, whiche is shed for you. Yet beholde, the hande of him that betraieth me is with me on the table. And truely the sonne of man gooeth as it is appoynted; but woe unto that manne by whom he is betrayed. And they began to enquire among themselfes which of them it was that should do it.
    And there was a striefe among them, whiche of them shoulde seine to bee greatteste. And he sayde unto them; the kynges of nacions reigne over them, and they that have authoritye upon them, are called gracious Lordes: but ye shall not so bee. But he that is greatteste among you, shal bee as the yonger, and he that is chiefe shalbe as he that doth minister. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meate, or he that serveth? Is it not he that sitteth at meate? But I am among you, as he that ministreth. Ye are they which have bydden [=remained] with me in my temptacions. And I appointe unto you a kyngdome, as my father hath apointed to me, that ye may eate and drynke at my table in my kyngdome, and sitte on seates, judgyng the xii tribes of Israell. And the lorde said; Simon, Simon behold, Sathan hath desired to sift you, as it were wheat: But I have praied for thee, that thy faith fayle not: And when thou arte converted, strength [strenghthen] thy brethren. And he saide unto hym; Lorde, I am readye to go with thee into prieson, and to death. And he said; I tel thee Peter, the Cocke shall not krow this daye, tyl thou have thrise denied that thou knoweste me. And he sayde unto them; when I sent you without wallette, and scrip [=bag], and shoes, lacked ye any thyng? And they said, no. Then saide he unto them; but nowe he that hath a wallette, lette him take it uppe, and lykewyse hys scrippe. And he that hath no sworde, let hym sell his coate, and by one. For I saye unto you, that yet the same whiche is written must be performed in me; even among the wicked was he reputed: For those thinges whiche are written of me have an ende. And they sayde: lorde, behold, here are ii swordes, and he saide unto them, it is ynoughe. And he came oute, and wente (as he was wonte) to Mounte Olivete. And the disciples folowed hym. And when he came to the place, he saide unto them; praye, leste ye fal into temptacion. And he gate hymselfe from them aboute a stones caste, and kneled doune and praied, saiyng; Father, if thou wilte, remove thys cup from me: Neverthelesse, not my will, but thyne bee fulfilled. And there appeared an Aungel unto hym from heaven, coumfortyng hym. And he was in an agony and prayed the lenger; and his sweate was like droppes of bloud, trickling down to the ground. And when he arose from prayer, and was come to hys disciples, he founde them slepyng for heavinesse, and he sayde unto them; why slepe ye? Ryse and praye, leste ye fall into temptacion. Whyle he yet spake, beholde, there came a company, and he that was called Judas, one of the xii, went before them, and preased [pressed] nye unto Jesus, to kisse him. But Jesus sayde unto him; Judas, betrayeste thou the sonne of man with a kysse? When they whiche were about hym sawe what woulde folowe, they sayde unto him; Lorde, shall we smyte with the sweorde? And one of them smote a servaunte of the hye prieste, and stroke of his right eare. Jesus aunswered and sayde: suffre ye thus farre foorth [far forth]. And when he touched hys eare, he healed hym. Then Jesus sayde unto the hye priestes, and rulers of the temple, and the Elders, whiche were come to him. Ye be come out as unto a thefe, with sweordes and staves. When I was dayly with you in the temple, ye stretched foorth no handes agaynste me: but thys is even your very houre, and the power of darkenes. Then toke they him and led hym, and brought him to the hye priestes house. But Peter folowed afarre of. And when they had kindled a fyer in the middes of the palace, and were set downe together; Peter also sate downe among them. But when one of the wenches behelde him, as he sate by the fyer. (and loked upon him,) she sayd; this same felowe was also with hym. And he denyed him, saying: woman, I knowe him not. And after a litle whyle, another sawe him, and sayde: thou art also of them. And Peter sayd; man, I am not. And about the space of an houre after, another affirmed, saying; verely, thys felowe was with him also, for he is of Galile. And Peter said, man, I wot [=know] not what thou sayeste. And immediately whyle he yet spake, the Cocke krew. And the Lorde turned backe and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembred the word of the lord, how he had sayde unto him; before the Cocke krowe thou shalt denye me thrise: and Peter wente out and wept bitterly.
    And the men that toke Jesus mocked him, and smote him:and when they had blindfolded him, they stroke him on the face, and asked hym, saying; arede [=prophesy], who is he that smote thee? And many other thynges despitefully sayde they agaynst him. And as sone as it was daye, the Elders of the people, and the hye priestes and Scrybes, came together, and led hym into theyr counsell, saying; Art thou very Christ? tell us. And he sayd unto them, if I tell you ye will not beleve me, and if I aske you, you will not answer me, nor let me goe: hereafter shal the sonne of man sit on the right hande of the power of god. Then sayd they all; Art thou then the sonne of god? He sayde: ye saye that I am. And they sayd; what nede we of any further witnes? for we ourselves have heard of his owne mouth.



[Luke 22:1-71]

[At Evensong.

The First Lesson, Lamenta. i. unto the ende.]*

Thursday before Easter.

[At Mattins.

The First Lesson, Lamentations ii. unto the end.]*




[Maundy Thursday]

* 1549 only


The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi.

THIS I warne you of, and commende not, that ye come not together after a better maner, but after a woorse. For fyrste of all, when ye come together in the congregacyon; I heare that there is discencion among you, and I partly beleve it. For there muste bee sectes amonge you, that they whiche are perfecte among you maye be knowen. When ye come together therfore into one place, the lordes supper cannot be eaten, for every man beginneth afore to eate his owne supper. And one is hungry, and another is dronken. Have ye not houses to eate and drynke in? despise ye the congregacion of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say unto you? shall I praise you? In this I praise you not. That whiche I delivered unto you, I receyved of the Lord. For the Lord Jesus, the same night in whiche he was betrayed, tooke bread; and when he had geven thankes, he brake it, and sayd, Take ye and eate, this is my body, which is broken for you. This do ye in the remembraunce of me. After the same maner also he tooke the cup when supper was done, saying; this cuppe is the new testament in my bloud: This do, as oft as ye drynk it, in remembraunce of me. For as often as ye shall eate this bread, and drinke this cup, ye shall shewe the Lordes death tyll he come. Wherfore, whosoever shall eate of this bread, or drynke of the cup of the Lorde unworthely, shalbe giltie of the bodye and bloud of the Lord. But let a man examine himselfe, and so let hym eate of the bread, and drynke of the cuppe. For he that eateth and drynketh unworthely, eateth and drynketh his own damnacion, because he maketh no difference of the Lordes body. For this cause many are weake and sicke among you, and many slepe. For if we had judged ourselves, we should not have been judged. But when we are judged of the Lord, we are chastened, that we should not be damned with the worlde. Wherfore my brethren, when ye come together to eate, tary one for another. If any man hongre, let him eate at home; that ye come not together unto condemnacion. Other thynges will I set in ordre when I come.



[1 Cor. 11:17-34]

The Gospell. Luke xxiii.

THE whole multitude of them arose, and led hym unto Pylate. And they began to accuse him, saying; we founde this felowe pervertyng the people, and forbydding to paye tribute to Cesar; saying that he is Christe a kyng. And Pylate apposed [=questioned] hym, saying; art thou the king of the Jewes? he answered him and sayd, thou sayest it. Then sayd Pilate to the hye priestes and the people; I fynde no faute in this manne. And they were the more fierce, saying; he moveth the people, teachyng throughout all Jury [Jewry, i. e., Judea], and began at Galile, even to this place. When Pylate heard mencion of Galile, he asked whether the manne were of Galile. And as sone as he knew that he belonged unto Herodes jurisdiccion, he sent hym to Herode, whiche was also at Jerusalem at that tyme. And when Herode sawe Jesus he was excedyng glad; for he was desirous to see hym of along season, because he had heard many thinges of hym, and he trusted to have seen some myracle done by hym. Then he questioned with hym many wordes. But he answered hym nothyng. The hye priestes and Scribes stode furth and accused him straightly. And Herode with his menne of warre despised hym. And when he had mocked hym, he arayed hym in whyte clothing, and sente him againe to Pylate. And the same daye Pylate and Herode were made frendes together. For before thei were at variaunce. And Pilate called together the hye priestes, and the rulers, and the people, and sayd unto them; ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I examine hym before you, and finde no faute [fault] in this man of those thynges wherof ye accuse him, no nor yet Herode: For I sent you unto him, and be, nothing worthy of death is done unto him: I will therfore chasten him and let hym looce. For of necessitie he must have let one loce unto them at that feast. And all the people cryed at once, saying; away with him, and deliver us Barrabas: (whiche for a certayne insurreccion made in the citie, and for a murther, was cast in prison.) Pilate spake again unto them, willing to let Jesus looce. But they cryed, saying; crucifye hym, crucifye hym. He sayed unto them the thirde tyme, what evyll hath he done? I fynde no cause of death in hym: I will therfore chasten hym, and let him go. And they cried with loude voices; requiring that he myght be crucifyed. And the voices of them and of the hie priestes prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it shoulde be as they required, and he let loce unto them him that (for insurreccion and murther) was cast into pryson, whom they had desired; and he delivered to them Jesus, to do with hym what they would. And as they led him away, they caught one Symon of Ciren [Cyrene], commyng out of the fielde: and on him laide they the crosse, that he myght beare it after Jesus. And there folowed him a great companye of people, and of women, which bewayled and lamented him. But Jesus turned backe unto them, and sayd; ye daughters of Jerusalem, wepe not for me; but wepe for yourselfes, and for your children. For beholde, the dayes wyll come, in the which they shall say; Happy are the baren, and the wombes that never bare, and the pappes which never gave sucke. Then shall they begynne to saye to the mountaynes; fall on us, and to the hylles, cover us. For if they do this in a grene tree, what shalbe done in the drye? And there were two evylldoers led with him to be slaine. And after that they were come to the place (which is called Calvarie), there they crucyfied him, and the evildoers, one on the ryght hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, father forgeve them, for they wote not what they do. And they parted hys rayment, and cast lottes. And the people stoode and behelde. And the rulers mocked hym with them, saiyng: he saved other menne, lette hym save hymselfe yf he be very Christ the chosen of God.
    The souldiers also mocked him, and came and offred him vineger, and sayd; if thou be the kyng of the Jewes, save thy selfe. And a superscripcion was written over him with letters of Greke, and Latin, and Hebrue; this is the kyng of the Jewes. And one of the evildoers, which wer hanged, railed on him, saiyng; If thou be Christ, save thyselfe and us. But the other answered and rebuked hym, saiyng; fearest thou not God, seyng thou art in the same damnacion? we are righteously punyshed, for we receive according to our dedes: but this man hath done nothing amysse. And he sayd unto Jesus; Lorde, remembre me when thou commest into thy kyngdom. And Jesus sayd unto hym, verely I saye unto thee; to-daye shalt thou be with me in Paradise. And it was about the vi houre: and there was a darkenesse over all the earth untyll the ix houre, and the Sonne was darkened. And the vayle of the temple did rent, even through the middes. And when Jesus had cryed with a loude voyce, he sayd: father, into thy handes I commende my spirite. And when he thus had said, he gave up the ghost. When the Centurion saw what had happened, he gloryfied God, saiyng; verely this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that syght, and sawe the thynges which had happened, smote their brestes, and returned. And all his acquaintaunce, and the women that folowed him from Galilee, stoode afarre of beholdyng these thynges. And, behold, there was a man named Joseph a consailor, and he was a good man, and a just: the same had not consented to the counsaill and dede of them, which was of Aramathia, a citie of the Jewes, which same also waited for the kyngdome of God: he went unto Pylate and begged the bodye of Jesus, and tooke it doune, and wrapped it in a lynnen cloth, and layd it in a sepulchre that was hewen in stone, wherin never man before had beene layde. And that daye was the preparyng of the sabboth, and the Sabboth drue on. The women that followed after, whyche had come with him from Galilee, behelde the sepulchre, and howe hys body was layde. And they returned and prepared swete Odours and ointmentes; But rested on the Sabboth daye, accordyng to the commaundement.

[At Evensong.

The first Lesson, Lamentations iii. unto the end.]*



[Luke 23:1-56]


On good Fryday.

[At Mattins.

The first Lesson, Gen. xxii. Unto the ende.]*

The Collect.

ALMIGHTIE god, we beseche thee graciously to behold this thy famely, for the which our lord Jesus Christ was contented to bee betrayed, and geven up into the handes of wicked men, and to suffre death upon the crosse: who liveth and reigneth, &c.

At the Communion.

Deus, Deus meus. Psalm xxii.

MY God, my God, (loke upon me;) why hast thou forsaken me : and art so farre from my health, and from the wordes of my complaint?
    O my God, I cry in the daye-time, but thou hearest not : and in the night season also I take no reste.
    And thou continuest holy : O thou worship of Israel.      Oure fathers hoped in thee : they trusted in thee, and thou diddest deliver them.
    They called upon thee, and were helped : they put their trust in thee, and were not confounded.
    But as for me, I am a worme and no manne : a verye skorne of men, and the outcaste of the people.
    All they that see me, laugh me to skorne : they shote out their lippes, and shake the head, saying.
    He trusted in God that he would deliver hym : let hym deliver him, if he will have hym.
    But thou arte he that tooke me oute of my mothers wombe : thou waste my hope when I hanged yet upon my mother's brestes.
    I have been left unto thee ever sence I was borne : thou art my God, even from my mothers wombe.
    O, go not from me, for trouble is here at hande : and there is none to helpe me.
    Many Oxen are come aboute me : fat Bulles of Basan close me in on every syde.
    They gape upon me with their mouthes : as it were a rampyng and roaryng Lyon.
I am powred out like water, and all my bones are out of joynt : my heart also in the middes [midst] of my body is even like meltyng waxe.
    My strength is dryed up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my gummes : and thou shalte bryng me into the duste of death.
    For (many) dogges are come aboute me : and the counsail of the wicked laye siege against me.
    They pearsed my handes and my feete : I may tell all my bones, they stande staryng and lokyng upon me.
    They parte my garmentes among them : and cast lottes upon my vesture.
    But be not thou farre from me, O Lorde : thou art my succour haste thee to helpe me.
    Deliver my soule from the sworde : my derlyng [darling] from the power of the dogge.
    Save me from the Lyons mouth : thou hast heard me also from among the homes of Unicornes.
    I will declare thy name unto my brethren : in the myddes of the congregacion will I prayse thee.
    O prayse the Lorde, ye that feare hym : magnifie hym, all ye of the seede of Jacob, and feare ye hym, all ye seede of Israel.
    For he hath not despised nor abhorred the lowe estate of the poore : he hath not hid his face from him, but when he called unto him, he heard him.
    My prayse is of thee in the greate congregacion : my vowes will I performe in the sight of them that feare him.
    The poore shall eate, and be satisfied : they that seke after the Lorde shall praise him, your hearte shall live for ever.
    All the endes of the worlde shal remembre themselves, and be turned unto the Lorde : and all the kynreds [kindreds] of the nacions shall woorship before him.
    For the kyngdome is the Lordes : and he is the governour among the people.
    All suche as be fat upon yearth : have eaten, and woorshipped.
    All they that go doune into the dust shal kneele before him : and no man hath quickened his owne soule.
    My seede shal serve him : they shalbe counted unto the Lorde for a generacion.
    They shall come, and the heavens shall declare his righteousnes : unto a people that bee borne, whome the Lorde hath made.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, &c.
    As it was in the beginning, &c.


* 1549 only



"Collects" in 1552, 1559.

    After the ii Collectes at the Communion shalbe sayd these ii Collectes folowyng.

The Collecte.

ALMYGHTYE and everlastyng God, by whose spirite the whole body of the Churche is governed and sanctified; receive our supplicacions and prayers, whiche wee offre before thee for all estates of men in thy holye congregacion, that everye membre of the same, in his vocacion and ministerye, maye truelye and godlye serve thee; thoroughe our Lord Jesus Christe.

MERCYFULL God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothyng that thou hast made, nor wouldest the deathe of a synner, but rather that he should be converted and live; have mercy upon all Jewes, Turkes, Infidels, and heretikes, and take from them all ignoraunce, hardnes of heart, and contempt of thy word: and so fetche them home, blessed Lorde, to thy flocke, that they maye bee saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one folde under one shepeherde, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lyveth and reigneth, &c.

Rubric and title in 1549 only.

The Epistle. Heb. x.

THE lawe (whiche hathe but a shadowe of good thynges to come, and not the very fashion of thynges themselves) can never with those sacrifices, whiche they offre yere by yere continually, make the commers therunto perfite [perfect]. For woulde not then those sacrifices have ceased to have been offred, because that the offerers once purged should have had no more conscience of sinnes? Nevertheles in those sacrifices is there mencion made of synnes every yeare. For the bloud of Oxen and Goates cannot take away sinnes. Wherfore, when he commeth into the worlde, he sayeth, Sacrifice and offeryng thou wouldest not have, but a body hast thou ordained me. Bumt-offeringes also for sinne hast thou not allowed. Then sayed I; lo, I am here. In the beginning of the booke it is written of me, that I should do thy wil, O God. Above, when he sayeth, Sacrifice and offeryng, and burnt sacrifices, and synne-offerynges thou wouldest not have, neither hast thou allowed them, (whiche yet are offered by the lawe,) then sayed he; lo, I am here to do thy wyll, O God: he taketh awaye the first to establishe the later [latter], by the which wille, we are made holye, even by the offeryng of the hodye of Jesu Christ once for all.
    And every priest is ready daily ministring and offering oftentymes one manner of Oblacion, whiche can never take awaye sinnes. But this man, after he hath offered one sacrifice for sinnes, is set doune for ever on the righte hand of God; and from hencefoorth tarieth tyll his foes be made his footestoole. For with one offeryng hathe he made perfect for ever, them that are sanctified. The holye ghost himselfe also beareth us recorde, even when he told before; This is the testament that I wil make unto them: After those dayes (sayth the lord) I wil put my lawes in their heartes, and in their myndes wil I write them, and their sinnes and iniquities will I remembre no more. And where remission of these thinges is, there is no more offeryng for sinnes. Seeing therfore brethren that by the meanes of the bloud of Jesu, we have liberty to enter into the holy place by the newe and livyng waye, which he hath prepared for us., through the vayle (that is to saye, by his fleshe): And seyng also that we have an hie priest whiche is ruler over the house of God, let us drawe nye with a true heart in a sure fayth, sprinkeled in our heartes from an evil conscience, and washed in our bodies with pure water : Let us kepe the profession of our hope, without wavering; (for he is faythfull that promised) and let us considre one another, to the intent that we may provoke unto love, and to good weorkes, not forsakyng the felowshyp that we have among ourselves, as the maner of some is; but lette us exhorte one another, and that so muche the more, because ye see that the day draweth aye [nigh].



[Hebrews 10:1-25]

The Gospel. John xviii. xix.

WHEN Jesus had spoken these woordes, he went furth with his disciples over the broke Cedron [=Kidron valley] where was a garden, into the whiche he entred with his disciples. Judas also whiche betrayed him, knewe the place: for Jesus oftetymes resorted thither with hys disciples. Judas then, after he had received a bend [band] of men, (and ministers of the hye priestes and Phariseis,) came thither with Lanterns and fyerbrandes and weapons. And Jesus, knowing al thinges that should come on him, went furth, and said unto them, whome seke ye? They answered him; Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus sayeth unto them; I am he. Judas also whiche betrayed him, stoode with them. As sone then as he had sayde unto them; I am he, they went backeward, and fel to the ground. Then asked he them again; whome seke ye? They saide: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus aunswered; I have tolde you that I am he. If ye seke me therfore, let these goe theyr way: that the saying might be fulfilled, whiche he spake; Of them whiche thou gavest me, have I not lost one. Then Simon Peter having a sword, drew it, and smote the hye priestes servaunt, and cut of his right eare. The servauntes name was Malchus. Therfore sayeth Jesus unto Peter, put up thy sweorde into thy sheathe: shall I not drinke of the cup whiche my. father hath geven me? Then the cumpany and the capitayne, and the ministers of the Jewes, toke Jesus, and bound him, and led him away to Anna first; for he was father in law to Cayphas, whiche was the hye prieste the same yere. Cayphas was he that gave counsel to the Jewes, that it was expedient that one man shoulde dye for the people. And Simon Peter folowed Jesus, and so dyd another disciple: that disciple was knowen to the hye priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the hye priest. But Peter stoode at the doore without. Then wente out the other disciple, (whiche was knowen to the hye priest,) and spake to the damosell that kept the doore, and broughte in Peter. Then said the damosel that kept the doore unto Peter; Art not thou also one of this mans disciples? he sayd, I am not. The servauntes and ministers stode there, whiche had made a fyer of coales; for it was colde, and they warmed themselves. Peter also stode among them, and warmed himselfe. The hye priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of hys doctryne. Jesus aunswered him; I spake openly in the worlde, I ever taughte in the Sinagoge, and in the temple, whither al the Jewes have resorted, and in secrete have I said nothyng. Why askest thou me? Aske them whiche heard me, what I sayde unto them. Beholde they can tell what I sayde. When he had thus spoken, one of the ministers, whiche stoode by, smote Jesus on the face, saying; Aunswerest thou the hie priest so? Jesus aunswered him; If I have eivill spoken, beare witnesse of the evill: But if I have well spoken, why smitest thou me? And Annas sent him bounde unto Cayphas, the hye priest. Simon Peter stoode and warmed himselfe. Then sayde they unto him. Art not thou also one of his disciples? he denied it, and said; I am not. One of the servantes of the hye priestes (his cosin whose eare Peter smote of) said unto him; did not I se thee in the garden with him? Peter therfore denied againe, and immediatly the Cocke krewe. Then led they Jesus from Cayphas into the hal of judgement. It was in the morning; and they themselfes went not into the judgement hall, leste thei should be defiled, but that thei might eate the Passeover. Pylate then went out to them and sayd; what accusacion bryng you against this man? They answered and sayd unto him; If he were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered hym unto thee. Then sayed Pylate unto them; take ye him, and judge him after your owne lawe. The Jewes therfore sayd unto him; It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: that the woordes of Jesus myght bee fulfilled, whiche he spake, signifying what death he should dye. Then Pilate entred into the judgement hal again, and called Jesus, and sayd unto him; Art thou the king of the Jewes? Jesus answered; sayest thou that of thyself, or did other tel it thee of me? Pilate answered; am I a Jew? Thine owne nacion and hye priestes have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered; my kingdome is not of this worlde: if my kingdome were of this worlde, then woulde my ministers surely fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jewes: but now is my kyngdom not from hence. Pilate therfore sayd unto hym; Art thou a kyng then? Jesus answered; thou sayest that I am a kyng. For this cause was I borne, and for this cause came I into the world, that I shoulde bear wytnes unto the trueth. And all that are of the trueth, heare my voyce. Pylate sayd unto hym, what thyng is trueth? And when he had sayd this, he went out again unto the Jewes, and sayth unto the; I finde in him no cause at al. Ye have a custome, that I should deliver you one loce at Easter [=Passover]: wil ye that I loce unto you the king of the Jewes? Then cryed they all again, saying: Not him, but Barrabas: the same Barrabas was a murtherer. Then Pilate toke Jesus therfore and scourged hym. And the souldiers wound a croune of thornes, and put it on his head. And thei did on hym a purple garment, and came unto hym and sayed; hayle kyng of the Jewes: and they smote hym on the face. Pylate went furth agayne, and sayed unto them; behold, I bring him furth to you, that ye may knowe that I finde no faulte in hym. Then came Jesus forth, wearyng a croune of thorne, and a robe of purple. And he sayth unto them; beholde the man. When the hye priestes therfore and ministers sawe hym, they cryed; crucifie hym, crucifye him. Pylate sayeth unto them; take ye hym, and crucifye him, for I fynde no cause in hym. The Jewes aunswered hym; we have a lawe, and by oure lawe, he ought to dye; because he made himselfe the sonne of God. When Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afrayde: and went agayne into the judgement halle, and sayeth unto Jesus; whence art thou? But Jesus gave him none answer. The sayd Pilate unto him; Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucifie thee, and have power to looce thee? Jesus answered; Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. Therfore he that delivered me unto thee, hath the more sinne. And from thencefurth sought Pilate meanes to looce him: but the Jews cryed, saying: yf thou let hym goc, thou arte not Cesars frende: for whosoever maketh hymselfe a kyng is against Cesar. When Pilate heard that saying, he brought Jesus furth, and sate downe to geve sentence m a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrue tong Gabbatha. It was the preparyng daye of Easter, aboute the vi houre. And he sayeth unto the Jewes; beholde your kyng. They cryed, saying; away with hym, away with hym, crucyfye hym. Pylate sayeth unto them; shall I crucyfy your king? The hye priestes aunswered; we have no kyng but Cesar. Then delivered he him unto them to be crucified. And they tooke Jesus, and ledde him away. And he bare his crosse, and wente furthe into a place whiche is called the place of dead mennes sculles, but in Hebrue, Golgotha: where they crucifyed hym, and two other with hym, on eyther syde one, and Jesus in the middest. And Pilate wrote a tytle, and put it on the crosse. The wrytyng was, Jesus of Nazareth kyng of the Jewes. This tytle read many of the Jewes: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nye to the cytie. And it was wrytten in Hebrue, Greke, and Latyn. Then sayed the hye priestes of the Jewes to Pilate; wryte not king of the Jewes, but that he sayed, I am kyng of the Jewes. Pylate aunswered; what I have written, that have I written. Then the souldiers, when they had crucifyed Jesus, toke his garmentes, and made iiii partes, to every souldiour a part, and also his coate. The coate was without seine [seam], wrought upon throughout: They sayed therfore among themselves; let us not devyde it, but cast lottes for it, who shall have it. That the scripture might be fulfylled, saying; They have parted my raymente among them, and for my coate did they cast lottes. And the souldiours did suche thynges indede. There stoode by the crosse of Jesus, his mother and his mothers sister Mary the wyfe of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therfore sawe his mother, and the discyple standyng, whom he loved, he sayeth unto his mother; woman, behold thy sonne. Then sayd he to the disciple, beholde thy mother. And from that houre the disciple toke hir for his owne.
    After these thynges, Jesus knowing that all thynges were nowe performed, that the scripture myght be fulfylled, he sayeth; I thirst. So there stoode a vessell by full of vineger: therfore they fylled a sponge with vineger, and wounde it aboute with Isope [hyssop], and put it to his mouthe. As sone as Jesus then receyved of the vineger, he sayed; It is finished, and bowed his head, and gave up the gost.
    The Jewes therfore, because it was the preparyng of the Sabboth, that the bodyes should not remayne upon the crosse on the Sabboth daye (for that Sabboth daye was an hye daye) besought Pylate, that their legges might be broken, and that they might be taken downe. Then came the souldiours, and brake the legges of the firste and of the other whiche was crucified with hym. But when they came to Jesus, and sawe that he was dead already, they brake not his legges: but one of the souldiours with a speare thrust him into the syde, and forthwith there came out bloud and water. And he that sawe it bare recorde, and his recorde is true. And he knoweth that he sayeth true, that ye might beleve also. For these thynges were done that the scripture should be fulfilled; ye shall not breake a bone of hym.
    And againe another scripture sayth; they shall loke upon him whom they have pearced. After this Joseph of Aramathia (which was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for feare of the Jewes) besought Pylate that he might take downe the bodye of Jesus. And Pylate gave hym lycense: He came therfore and tooke the bodye of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, (whiche at the begynning came to Jesus by night) and brought of Myrre [myrrh] and Aloes mingled together, aboute an hundreth pounde weight. Then tooke they the body of Jesus, and wound it in lynnen clothes with the odoures [=spices], as the maner of the Jewes is to burye. And in the place where he was crucified, there was a garden; and in the garden a newe Sepulchre, wherein was never manne layde. There layde they Jesus therfore because of the preparyng of the Sabboth of the Jewes, for the Sepulchre was nye at hande.

[At Evensong.

The First Lesson, Isa. liii. unto the end.]*



[John 18:1-19:42]


Easter Even.

[At Matyns.

The First Lesson, Lamentations iv. 5. unto the end.]*

At the Communion.

Domine Dens salutis. Ps. lxxxviii.

O LORDE God of my salvacion, I have cryed day and nyght before thee : O lette my prayer entre into thy presence, incline thyne eare unto my callyng,
    For my soule is ful of trouble : and my lyfe draweth nye unto hell.
    I am counted as one of them that go downe unto the pytte : and I have been even as a man that hathe no strengthe.
    Free among the deade, lyke unto them that bee wounded and lye in the grave, whiche be out of remembraunce; and are cut awaye from thy hande.
    Thou hast layed me in the lowest pytte, in a place of darcknes; and in the depe.
    Thyne indignacion lyeth harde upon me : and thou hast vexed me with all thy stormes.
    Thou hast put awaye myne acquayntaunce far from me : and made me to be abhorred of them.
    I am so fast in pryson : that I cannot get forth.
    My sight fayleth for very trouble: lorde, I have called dayly upon thee, I have stretched oute my handes unto thee.
    Doest thou shewe wonders among the deade? or shall the dead ryse up agayne and prayse thee?
    Shal thy lovyngkyndenes he shewed in the grave? or thy faithfulnes in destruccion?
    Shal thy wonderous workes he knowen in the darke? and thy righteousnes in the land where all thinges are forgotten?
    Unto thee have I cried, O Lord : and earlye shall my praier come before thee.
    Lorde, why abhorrest thou my soule? and hideste thou thy face from me?
    I am in misery, and like unto him that is at the point to dye : (even from my youth uppe) thy terrours have I suffred with a troubled minde.
    Thy wrathfull displeasure goeth over me : and the feare of thee, hath undone me.
    They came rounde aboute me dayely lyke water : and compassed me together on every syde.
    My lovers and frendes haste thou put awaye from me : and hyd myne acquayntaunce out of my syght.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne : and to the holy ghost.
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shalbe : worlde without ende. Amen.


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The Epistle. 1 Peter iii.

IT is better (if the wyll of God be so) that ye suffre for wel doing then for evil doing. Forasmuch as Christe hath once suffered for synnes, the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God; and was killed as partaynyng to the fleshe, but was quickened in the spirite. In which spirite he also went and preached to the spirites that were in pryson; which somtyme had bene disobedient, when the long-suffryng of God was once loked for in the dayes of Noe [Noah], whyle the Arke was a preparyng; wherin a fewe, that is to saye, eyght soules, were saved by the water, lyke as Baptysme also nowe saveth us; not the puttyng awaie of the fylth of the fleshe, but in that a good conscience consenteth to God by the resurreccion of Jesus Christ, whiche is on the right hand of God; and is gone into heaven; Angels, powers, and myght subdued unto hym.



[1 Peter 3:17-22]

The Gospel. Matt xxvii.

WHEN the Even [evening] was come, there came a riche man of Aramathia named Joseph, whiche also was Jesus disciple. He went unto Pilate and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commaunded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the bodye, he wrapped it in a cleane lynnen clothe, and layde it in his newe Tombe, whiche he had hewen out even in the rocke, and rolled a great stone to the doore of the Sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary sytting over against the Sepulchre. The nexte day that foloweth the day of preparing, the high priestes and Phariseis came together unto Pilate, saying; Sir, we remembre that this deceyver sayed whyle he was yet alyve; After iii dayes I wil rise agayne: Commaunde therfore that the Sepulchre be made sure untyll the thirde daye, leste his disciples come and steale hym awaye, and say unto the people, he is risen from the dead: and the last erroure shalbe worse then the firste. Pylate sayed unto them: ye have the watche, goe your way, make it as sure as ye can. So thei went and made the Sepulchre sure with the watchemenne, and sealed the stone.



[Matthew 27:57-66]

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