|The Book of Common Prayer|
¶ Monday before Easter.
The Epistle. Isaiah lxiii.
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.
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.
The Epistle. Esai. 1.
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
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
The Epistle. Heb. ix.
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
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
¶ Thursday before Easter.
The First Lesson, Lamentations ii. unto the end.]*
* 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 first Lesson, Lamentations iii. unto the end.]*
On good Fryday.
The first Lesson, Gen. xxii. Unto the ende.]*
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.
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?
* 1549 only
"Collects" in 1552, 1559.
¶ After the ii Collectes at the Communion shalbe sayd these ii Collectes folowyng.
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.
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.
¶ The First Lesson, Isa. liii. unto the end.]*
¶ The First Lesson, Lamentations iv. 5. unto the end.]*
At the Communion.
Domine Dens salutis. Ps. lxxxviii.
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
* 1549 only
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.
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