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The fyrst day of Lent[, commonly called Ash-Wednesday]*.

Domine ne. Psalm vi.

O LORDE rebuke me not in thyne indignacion : neyther chasten me in thy displeasure.
    Have mercy upon me, O Lorde, for I am weake, O lorde, heale me, my bones are vexed.
    My soule also is sore troubled : but Lorde, howe long wilt thou punishe me?
    Turne thee, O Lorde, and delyver my soul : Oh save me for thy mercies sake.
    For in death no man remembreth thee and who will geve the thankes in the pyt?
    I am wery of my gronyng; every night washe I my bed : and water my couche with my teares.
    My beautie is gone for very trouble : and worne away because of ali myne enemyes.
    Awaye fro me, all ye that worke vanitie : for the lorde hath hearde the voyce of my wepyng.
    The Lorde hath heard my peticion : the Lorde wyll receive my praier.
    All mine enemies shalbee confounded, and sore vexed : they shalbe turned backe, and put to shame sodainly.
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the beginnyng, &c.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTYE and everlastyng God, whiche hatest nothyng that thou haste made, and doest forgeve the sinnes of all them that be penitente; Creat and make in us newe and contrite heartes, that wee worthely lamentyng oure synnes, and knowlegyng our wretchednes, maye obtaine of thee, the God of all mercye, perfect remission and forgevenes; thorough Jesus Christ.


* 1549 only.

The Epistle. Joel ii.

TURNE you unto me with all your hartes, with fasting, wepyng, and mournyng: rent your heartes, and not your clothes. Turne you unto the Lorde your god: for he is gracious and mercyfull, long-sufferyng, and of greate compassion, and ready to pardon wickednes. Then (no doubt) he also shall turne and forgeve: and after his chastenyng, he shall let youre increase remaine for meat and drynke offerynges unto the Lorde your God. Blowe out with the Trompet in Sion, proclayme a fasting, call the congregacion, and gather the people together; warne the congregacion, gather the elders, brynge the children and sucklynges [=infants] together. Let the brydgrome go furth of his chambre, and the bryde out of her closet. Let the priestes serve the Lorde betwene the Porche and the alter, wepyng and saiyng: be favorable, o Lorde, bee favorable unto thy people: let not thyne heritage be brought to suche confusion, leste the heathen be lordes thereof: Wherefore shoulde they say among the Heathen, Where is nowe their God.



[Joel 2:12-17]

The Gospell. Matt. vi.

WHEN ye fast, be not sad as the Hipocrites are, for they dis figure their faces, that it maye appeare unto men how that they fast. Verely I saye unto you, they have their rewarde. But thou, when thou fastest, annointe thine head, and washe thy face, that it appeare not unto menne howe that thou fasteste, but unto thy father whiche is in secrete: and thy father, which seeth in secrete, shal reward thee openly. Laye not uppe for, yourselves treasure upon earth, where the rust and moth doth corrupt, and where theves breake throughe and steale. But Laye up for you treasures in heaven, where neither ruste nor moth dothe corrupte, and where theves doe not breake throughe nor steale. For where your treasure is, there wil your heartes bee also.



[Matthew 6:16-21]


The first Sonday in Lent.

Beati, quorum. Psalm xxxii.

BLESSED is he, whose unrighteousnes is forgeven : and whose sinne is covered.
    Blessed is the manne unto whome the Lord imputeth no sinne : and in whose spirite there is no guile.
    For while I helde my toungue : my bones consumed awaye thoroughe [through] my dayelye complainyng.
    For thy hande is heavy upon me both day and night : and my moysture is lyke the drougth in Somer.
    I will knowlage my synne unto thee : and myne unryghteousnes have I not hyd.
    I sayde, I wyll confesse my sinnes unto the lorde : and so thou forgavest the wickednes of my synne.
    For this shall every one that is Godly, make his prayer unto thee, in a tyme when thou maiest bee found : but in the greate water-floudes, they shall not come nye hym.
    Thou arte a place to hyde me in, thou shalte preserve me from trouble : thou shalte compasse me aboute wyth songes of deliveraunce.
    I wyll enfourme thee and teache thee in the waye wherein thou shall go : and I will guyde thee wyth mine iye.
    Be not ye like horsse and Mule, which have no understandyng : whose mouthes must be holden with bitte and bridle, leste they fall upon thee.
    Great plagues remaine for the ungodlye : but whoso putteth his truste in the lorde, mercye embraceth hym on every side.
    Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoyce in the Lord : and be joyfull, all ye that are true of heart.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne : and to the holy ghoste.
    As it was in the beginnyng, and is nowe; and ever shalbe worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect

O LORD, whiche for oure sake dyddeste faste fortye dayes and fourtie nightes; Geve us grace to use suche abstinence, that, oure fleshe beyng subdued to the spirite, wee maye ever obeye thy Godlye mocions in righteousnesse, and true holinesse, to thy honoure and glorye, whiche lyveste and reigneste, &c.*

"with the Father and the holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen." added sometime after 1604.

The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi.

WE, as helpers exhort you, that ye receive not the grace of God in vayne. For he sayeth, I have heard thee in a tyme accepted: and in the daye of salvacion have I succoured thee. Beholde nowe is that accepted time; beholde nowe is that day of salvacion. Let us geve no occasion of evil, that in our office be founde no faute, but in all thynges let us behave ourselves as the ministers of God; In much pacience, in affliccions, in necessities, in anguyshes, in strypes, in prysonmentes, in strifes: in labours, in watchynges, in fastinges, in purenes, in knowlege, in long-suiffring, in kindnes, in the holy goste, in love unfayned, in the woorde of trueth, in the power of God: by the armoure of righteousnes of the ryghte hand and on the left; by honoure and dyshonoure; by evill reporte and good reporte; as deceyvers and yet true; as unknowen and yet knowen; as dying, and beholde we lyve; as chastened and not killed; as sorowyng and yet alway mery; as poore and yet make many riche: as having nothyng, and yet possessyng all thynges.



[2 Cor. 6:1-10]

The Gospell. Matt. iv.

THEN was Jesus led awaye of the spirite into wyldernesse, to be tempted of the devyll. And when he had fasted fourty dayes and fourty nightes he was at the last an hungred. And when the tempter came to hym, he sayed: Yf thou be the soonne of God, commaunde that these stones be made bread. But he aunswered and sayed: it is wrytten, man shall not lyve by bread only, but by every worde that procedeth out of the mouthe of God.
    Then the devill taketh hym up into the holy cytye and setteth hym on a pynacle of the temple, and sayeth unto him, if thou be the sonne of God, cast thyself downe hedlong. For it is wrytten, he shall geve his Aungels charge over thee, and with their handes they shall holde thee up, leste at any tyme thou dashe thy foote against a stone. And Jesus sayed unto hym, It is written agayne: Thou shalt not tempte the Lorde thy God.
    Agayne, the devyll taketh hym up into an excedyng high mountayne, and sheweth hym all the kyngdomes of the worlde, and the glory of them; and sayeth unto him: all these wyll I geve thee, if thou wylt fall downe and wurship me. Then sayeth Jesus unto hym, Avoide, Sathan, for it is wrytten, Thou shalt wurshyp the Lord thy God, and hym onely shalt thou serve. Then the devyll leaveth hym, and beholde, the Aungels came and ministred unto hym.



[Matthew 4:1-11]


The seconde Sonday [in Lent]*.

De profundis. Psalm. cxxx.

OUT of the depe have I called unto thee, O Lord : Lorde, heare my voyce.
    Oh let thyne eares consyder well : the voyce of my complaynte.
    If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to marke what is done amysse : Oh Lord, who may abyde it?
    For there is mercy with thee : therfore shalt thou be feared.
    I looke for the Lord; my soule doth wayte for him : in his woorde is my trust.
    My soule flyeth unto the Lorde, before the mornyng watche : I saye, before the mornyng watche.
    O Israel trust in the Lorde, for with the Lorde there is mercy : and with hym is plenteous redempcion.
    And he shall redeme Israell : from all his synnes.
    Glory be to the father, and to the some and to the holy ghost.
    As it was in the beginning, and is now and ever shal be worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTYE God, whiche doest see that we have no power of oureselves to helpe ourselves; kepe thou us both outwardly in oure bodies, and inwardly in oure soules; that we maye be defended from all adversities whiche maye happen to the body, and from all evel thoughtes which maye assault and hurte the soule; through Jesus Christ &c.


* added late 1500's

The Epistle. 1 Thess. iv.

WE beseche you brethren, and exhorte you by the lorde Jesus, that ye increase more and more, even as ye have receiyved of us, howe ye oughte to walke and to please God. For ye knowe what commaundementes we gave you by our lorde Jesu Christ. For this is the wyll of God, even youre holynes, that ye should abstayne from fomicacion, and that every one of you should knowe howe to kepe his vessel in holines and honoure, and not in the luste of concupiscence, as do the Heathen, whiche knowe not God; that no man oppresse and defraude his brother in bergaining; because that the lorde is the avenger of all suche thynges, as we tolde you before and testified. For God hath not called us unto unclennesse, but unto holines. He therfore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, whiche hathe sente his holye spirite among you.



[1 Thess. 4:1-8]

The Gospell. Matt. xv.

JESUS went thence, and departed into the coastes of Tyre and Sidon: and behold, a woman of Canaan (whiche came out of the same coastes) cried unto hym, saying: have mercye on me, O Lorde, thou sonne of David; My daughter is pyteously vexed with a devell. But he aunswered her nothing at all. And his disciples came and besought hym, saying; sende her awaye, for she cryeth after us. But he aunswered and saied; I am not sent, but to the lost shepe of the house of Israell. Then came she and worshipped hym, saying; Lorde, helpe me. He aunswered and saied: it is not mete to take the childrens bread, and cast it to dogges. She aunswered and saied: trueth Lorde, for the dogges eate of the crummes whiche fall from their maisters table. Then Jesus aunswered and sayed unto her: O woman, great is thy faith, be it unto thee, even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole even at the same tyme.



[Matthew 15:21-28]


The iii. Sonday [in Lent]*.

Judica me, Deus. Psalm xliii.

GEVE sentence with me, (O God,) and defende my cause against the ungodly people : Oh delyver me from the deceytfull and wicked man.
    For thou arte the God of my strength, why haste thou put me from thee : and why go I so hevely, whyle the enemye oppresseth me?
    Oh, send out thy light and thy truthe, that they maye leade me : and bring me unto thy holy hil, and to thy dwelling.
    And that I maie go unto the aultare of God, even unto the God of my joye and gladnes : and upon the harpe will I geve thankes unto thee (O God) my God.
    Why art thou so heavy, (O my soule) : and why arte thou so disquieted within me?
    O put thy trust in God : for I wyll yet geve him thankes whiche is the helpe of my countenaunce and my God.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne.
    As it was in the beginning, &c.

The Collect.

WE beseche thee, almighty God, looke upon the hartye desires of thy humble servauntes, and stretche foorth the right hande of thy majestie, to bee oure defence against all oure enemies; through Jesus Christe oure Lorde.


* added late 1500's

The Epistle. Ephes. v.

BE you the folowers of God as dere children and walke in love, even as Christe loved us, and gave himselfe for us an offing and a sacrifyce of a swete savour to god. As for fomicacion, and all unclennes or covetousnes, let it not be once named among you, as it becommeth sainctes; or fylthynes, or folishe talking, or jesting, whiche are not comely, but rather geving of thankes. For this ye knowe, that no whoremonger, either uncleane person, or covetous person, (which is a worshipper of ymages,) hathe anye inheritaunce in the kingdome of Christ and of God. Let no man deceve you with vaine wordes. For because of suche thynges, commeth the wrath of God upon the chyldren of disobedience. Be not ye therfore companions of them. Ye were sometime darckenes, but nowe are ye light in the lorde: walke as children of light, for the fruite of the spirite consisteth in all goodness, and righteousnesse, and truthe. Accepte that whiche is pleasyng unto the Lorde, and have no felowship with the unfruitful workes of darcknes, but rather rebuke them. For it is a shame even to name those thynges, whiche are done of them in secrete: but all thinges when they are brought forth by the light are manifest. For whatsoever is manifest, the same is lyght: wherfore he sayeth, awake, thou that slepest, and stande up from death; and Christ shall geve thee light.



[Eph. 5:1-14]

The Gospell. Luke xi.

JESUS was casting out a devel that was domme [dumb]. And when he had cast the devel, the domme spake, and the people wondered. But some of them saied, He casteth out devils through Belzebub, the chiefe of the devels. And other tempted him, and required of him a signe from heaven. But he knowyng their thoughtes, sayed unto them; Every kyngdome devided against itselfe, is desolate; and one house doth fall upon another. If Sathan also be devided againste hymselfe, howe shall his kyngdome endure? Because ye saye that I cast out devels through Beizebub: If I by the helpe of Beizebub caste oute devels, by whose helpe do your chyldren caste them oute? Therfore shall they be youre judges. But if I with the fynger of God caste out devels, no doubt the kingdome of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed watcheth his house; the thinges that he possesseth are in peace. But when a stronger than he commeth upon hym, he taketh from hym all his harnes [harness] (wherin he trusted) and devideth his goodes. He that is not with me, is against me. And he that gathereth not with me scattereth abrode. When the uncleane spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through drye places, sekyng rest. And when he fyndeth none, he sayeth: I will returne agayne into my house whence I came out. And when he commeth, he fyndeth it swepte and garnisshed. Then goeth he and taketh to hym vii. other spirites worse then him selfe; and they entre in and dwell there. And the ende of that man is worse than the beginning. And it fortuned that as he spake these thinges, a certaine woman of the company lifte up her voice, and saied unto hym: happy is the wombe that bare thee, and the pappes which gave thee sucke. But he sayd: yea, happy are they that heare the woorde of God and kepe it.



[Luke 11:14-28]


The iiii Sonday [in Lent]*.

Deus noster refugium. Psalm xlvi.

GOD is oure hope and strength : a very presente helpe in trouble.
    Therfore wil not we feare, though the earth be moved : and though the hilles be caryed in the middest of the sea.
    Though the waters therof rage and swell : and though the mountaines shake at the tempest of the same.
    The ryvers of the floude therof shall make glad the citie of God : the holy place of the tabernacle of the moste highest.
    God is in the middest of her, therfore shall she not be removed : God shall helpe her, and that ryght early.
    The heathen make muche adoe, and the kyngdomes are moved : but God hath shewed his voyce, and the earth shall mealte awaye.
    The Lord of hostes is with us : the God of Jacob is oure refuge.
    O come hither, and beholde the workes of the Lord : what destruccion he hath brought upon the earth.
    He maketh warres to ceasse in all the worlde : he breaketh the bowe, and knappeth the speare in sunder, and burneth the Chariotes in the fyer.
    Be stylI then, and knowe that I am God : I wylbe exalted among the Heathen, and I wylbe exalted in the earth.
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the begynnyng, &c.

The Collect.

GRAUNTE, we beseche thee, almyghtye God, that we, whiche for oure evill dedes are worthely punyshed, by the comforte of thy grace may mercyfully be releved; through our Lorde Jesus Christe.


* added late 1500's

The Epistle. Gal. iv.

TELL me, (ye that desyre to be under the lawe) doe ye not heare of the lawe? For it is written that Abraham had ii. sonnes, the one by a bondemayde, the other by a fre-woman. Yea, and he which was borne of the bond-woman, was borne after the fleshe; but he whiche was borne of the fre-woman, was borne by promes [promise]: Whiche thinges are spoken by an allegory. For these are two testamentes, the one from the mount Sina [Sinai], whiche gendreth [=generates, bears] unto bondage, whiche is Agar [Hagar]: For Mount Sina is Agar in Arabia, and bordreth upon the citie, which is nowe called Jerusalem, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem, whiche is above, is free, whiche is the mother of us al. For it is wrytten, rejoyce thou barren that bearest no children; breake forthe and crye, thou that travaylest not. For the desolate hath many moe [more] children than she whiche hath an husbande. Brethren, we are after Isaac the chyldren of promes. But as then, he that was borne after the fleshe persecuted hym that was borne after the spirite; Even so is it nowe. Neverthelesse, what sayeth the scripture? put away the bonde-woman and her sonne. For the sonne of the bonde-woman shall not bee heire with the some of the fre-woman: So then brethren, we are not children of the bonde-woman, but of the fre-woman.



[Galatians 4:21-31]

The Gospell. John vi.

JESUS departed over the sea of Galile, which is the sea of Tiberias, and a great multitude folowed him, because thei sawe his miracles whiche he dyd on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountayne, and there he sate with his disciples. And Easter [=Passover], a feaste of the Jewes, was nye. When Jesus then lift up his iyes, and sawe a great company come unto him, he sayeth unto Philip; whence shall we bye bread that these may eate? Thys he sayd to prove him; for he himselfe knewe what he woulde dooe. Philip aunswered him; two hundreth peniwoorthe of bread are not sufficient for them, that every manne may take a little. One of his disciples (Andrew, Simon Peters brother) saith unto him; There is a lad here which bath fyve barley-loaves, and twoo fyshes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus sayde: make the people sit downe. There was muche grasse in the place: so the men sate downe, in number about five thousand. And Jesus toke the bread, and when he had geven thankes, he gave to the Discyples, and the Discyples to them that were set downe: and lykewyse of the fyshes as muche as they woulde. When they had eaten inough, he sayde unto his Discyples; gather up the broken meate whiche remayneth, that nothing be lost. And they gathered it together and filled xii. baskets with the broken meate of the five barley loaves; which broken meate remayned unto them that had eaten. Then those men (when they had seene the miracle that Jesus did) sayde: this is of a trueth the same prophete that shoulde come into the worlde.



[John 6:1-14]


The v. Sonday [in Lent]*.

Deus, in nomine tuo. Psalm liv.

SAVE me (O god) for thy name's sake : and avenge me in thy strength.
    Heare my prayer (O God): and harken unto the woordes of my mouth.
    For straungers are rysen up agaynste me : and Tirauntes (whiche have not God before theyr iyes) seke after my soule.
    Beholde, god is my helper: the Lorde is with them that upholde my soule.
    He shall rewarde evell unto myne enemyes : destroye thou them in thy trueth.
    An offering of a free hart will I geve thee, and praise thy Name (O lorde) : because it is so coumfortable.
    For he hath delyvered me out of all my trouble : and myne iye hath seene his desire upon myne enemies.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, &c.
    As it was in the beginning, &c.

The Collect.

WE beseche thee, almyghtie God, mercifullye to looke upon thy people; that by thy greate goodnesse they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soule; through Jesus Christe our Lorde.


* added late 1500's

The Epistle. Heb. ix.

CHRISTE being an high prieste of good thynges to come, came by a greater and a more perfecte tabernacle, not made with handes, that is to saye, not of this building; neither by the bloud of goates and calves, but by his owne bloud he entred in once into the holy place, and founde eternall redempcion. For if the bloude of oxen and of goates, and the ashes of a younge kowe, when it was sprynkled, purifyeth the uncleane as touching the purifying of the fleshe: howe muche more shal the bloud of Christ (which through the eternal spirite offred himselfe without spot to God) pourge your conscience from dead workes for to serve the living god? And for this cause is he the mediatour of the new testamente; that through deathe whiche chaunsed [chanced, =happened] for the redempcion of those transgressyons that were under the firste testamente, they whiche are called, might receyve the promes of eternall inheritaunce



[Hebrews 9:11-15]

The Gospell. John viii.

WHICHE of you can rebuke me of sinne? If I saye the truthe, why doe ye not beleve me? He that is of God, heareth Goddes wordes; ye therefore heare them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jewes, and sayd unto him; saye we not wel, that thou art a Samaritan, and haste [hast] the devil? Jesus answered; I have not the devill, but I honor my father, and ye have dishonored me. I seke not myne owne prayse; there is one that seketh and judgeth. Verely, verely, I saye unto you; if a manne kepe my saiyng, he shall never see death. Then sayd the Jewes unto hym, nowe knowe we that thou hast the devil. Abraham is dead, and the Prophetes, and thou sayeste: If a man kepe my saiyng, he shall never taste of deathe. Art thou greater then our father Abraham, whiche is deade, (And the Prophetes are dead:) whome makeste thou thyselfe? Jesus aunswered: if I honor myselfe, myne honor is nothyng. It is my father that honoreth me, which ye say is your god: and yet ye have not knowen hym; but I knowe hym. And if I saye I knowe hym not, I shalbe a lyer lyke unto you. But I knowe him, and kepe his saiyng. Your father Abraham was glad to see my daye: and he sawe it, and rejoysed. Then said the Jewes unto him, Thou art not yet 1. [50] yere olde, and haste thou seen Abraham? Jesus sayde unto them: Verely, verely, I saye unto you; yer [ere] Abraham was borne, I am. Then tooke they up stones to caste at hym: but Jesus hyd hymselfe, and went out of the temple.



[John 8:46-59]


The Sonday next before Easter.

Exaudi, Deus deprecationem. Psalm lxi.

HEARE my criynge, O God : geve eare unto my prayer.
    From the endes of the yearth wil I cal unto thee : when my heart is in heavynes.
    Oh set me up upon the rocke that is higher then I : for thou haste been my hope, and a stronge tower for me against the enemy.
    I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever : and my truste shalbe under the coveryng of thy wynges.
    For thou, O Lorde, hast hearde my desyres : and hast geven an heritage unto those that feare thy Name.
    Thou shalt graunt the kyng a long life : that his yeres may endure thoroughout all generacions.
    He shall dwell before God for ever : O prepare thy lovyng mercy and faythfulnes, that they maye preserve him.
    So will I alwaye syng prayse unto thy name : that I may dayly performe my vowes.
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the, &c.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTIE and everlastynge God, whiche of thy tender love towarde man, haste sente our savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him oure fleshe, and to suffre death upon the crosse, that all mankynde shoulde folowe the example of his greate humilitie; mercifully graunte that we both folowe the example of his pacience, and be made partakers of his resurreccion; thoroughe the same Jesus Christ our lorde.


[Palm Sunday]

The Epistle. Philipp. ii.

LET the same mynde bee in you, that was also in Christ Jesu: which when he was in the shape of God, thought it no robbery to be equal wyth God; neverthelesse he made himselfe of no reputacion, takyng on him the shape of a servaunte, and beecame like unto men, and was founde in his apparel as a man. He humbled himselfe and became obediente to the death, even the death of the crosse. Wherefore, God hath also exalted him on high, and geven him a name whiche is above all names; that in the name of Jesus every knee shoulde bowe, bothe of thinges in heaven, and thynges in yearth, and thinges under the yearch; and that all tongues shoulde confesse that Jesus Christe is the lorde, unto the prayse of God the father.



[Phil. 2:5-11]

The Gospell. Matt. xxvi. xxvii.

AND it came to passe, when Jesus had finished all these sayinges, he sayd unto his disciples: ye knowe that after two dayes shalbe Easter [=Passover], and the sonne of man shalbe delyvered over to be crucified. Then assembled together the chiefe Priestes, and the Scribes, and the Elders of the people unto the palace of the high priest, (which was called Cayphas,) and helde a counsayl that they might take Jesus by subteltie, and kill him. But they sayd: not on the holy daye, leste there be an uproare among the people.
    When Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the Leper, there came unto hym a woman havyng an Alabaster boxe of precious oyntment, and powred it on his head, as he sate at the bourde. But when his disciples sawe it, they had indignacion, saiyng, Whereto serveth this wast [waste]? This oynment might have been well solde and geven to the poore. When Jesus understode that, he sayd unto them: why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good worke upon me. For ye have the poore alwayes with you; but me ye shall not have alwayes. And in that she hath cast this oyntment on my body, she did it to bury me. Verely I say unto you: whersoever this gospell shalbe preached in al the worlde, there shall also this, that she hath done, be tolde for a memoriall of her. Then one of the xii (whiche was called Judas Iscarioth) went unto the chiefe priestes, and sayd unto them, what will ye geve me, and I will deliver hym unto you? And they appointed unto him xxx pieces of silver. And from that tyme furth he sought oportunitie to betray hym. The first day of swete [=unleavened] bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him; where wilt thou that we prepare for thee, to eate the Passeover? And he sayd; Go into the citie, to suche a man, and say unto him, the Maister sayth; my tyme is at hand, I will kepe my Easter [=Passover] by thee with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passeover. When the even [evening] was come, he sate doune with the xii. And as they did eate, he sayd; Verely I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceding sorowful, and began every one of them to say unto him; Lorde, is it I? he aunswered and sayd; he that dippeth his had with me in the dishe, the same shal betraye me. The sonne of man truely goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man, by whom the sonne of man is betrayed. It had been good for that man if he had not been borne. Then Judas, which betraied him, answered and sayd; Maister, is it I? He said unto him, thou hast sayd. When they were eatyng, Jesus take bread, and when he had geven thankes, he brake it and gave it to the disciples, and sayd, Take, eat, this is my body. And he tooke the cuppe and thanked, and gave it them, saying; drinke ye all of this; For this is my bloud (whiche is of the newe testament) that is shed for many, for the remission of synnes. But I say unto you: I will not drinke hencefurth of this fruite of the vyne tree, untyll that day when I shall drynke it newe with you, in my fathers kyngdome. And when they had sayd grace, they went out unto mount Oliuete. Then sayth Jesus unto them; all ye shalbe offended [=fall into sinful ways] because of me this night. For it is written; I will smyte the shepherde, and the shepe of the flocke shalbe scattered abroade: but after I am rysen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and sayd unto him: though all men be offended because of thee, yet wil not I be offended. Jesus sayd unto him; verely I say unto thee, That in this same night before the cocke crowe; thou shalt deny me thrise. Peter sayd unto him: yea, though I should dye with thee, yet will I not deny thee: lykewyse also said all the disciples.
    Then came Jesus with them unto a farme place, (which is called Gethsemane,) and sayd unto the disciples; Syt ye here, whyle I go and pray yonder. And he tooke with him Peter and the two sonnes of Zebede, and began to waxe sorowful and heavy. Then sayd Jesus unto them: My soule is heavy even unto the death: Tary ye here and watche with me. And he went a litle farther, and fell flat on his face, and prayed, saying; O my father if it be possible, let this cup passe frome me: neverthelesse not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he came unto the disciples, and found them aslepe, and sayd unto Peter, what, could ye not watche with me one houre? watche and praye, that ye entre not into temptacion: the spirite is willyng, but the fleshe is weake. He went away once againe and prayed, saying; O my father, yf this cup may not passe away from me, except I drinke of it, thy wil be fulfylled: and he came and found them aslepe agayne, for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went againe and prayed the third tyme, saying the same woordes. Then commeth he to his disciples, and sayth unto them, Slepe on now, and take your rest. Behold, the houre is at hand, and the sonne of man is betrayed into the handes of synners. Ryse, let us be goyng: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
    While he yet spake; lo, Judas one of the nombre of the xii, came, and with him a great multitude with sweordes and staves sent from the chief priestes and elders of the people. But he that betrayed hym, gave them a token, saying: whomsoever I kisse, the same is he, holde him fast. And furthwith he came to Jesus, and sayd, hayle Maister, and kyssed him. And Jesus sayd unto hym, frend, wherfore art thou come? Then came they, and layde handes on Jesus, and toke hym. And beholde, one of them whiche were with Jesus, stretched out his hand and drew his sworde, and stroke a servaunt of the hye Priest, and smote of his eare. Then sayd Jesus unto hym; put up thy sworde into the sheath: for all they that take the sworde, shall perishe with the sworde. Thynkest thou that I cannot nowe pray to my father, and he shall geve me even nowe more than xii legions of Angelles? But howe then shall the scriptures bee fulfylled? For thus must it be. In that same houre sayd Jesus to the multitude: ye be come out as it were to a thefe with swordes and staves, for to take me. I sate dayly with you teaching in the temple, and ye tooke me not. But all this is done, that the scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsoke him, and fled. And they toke Jesus and led him to Cayphas the hye Priest, where the Scribes and the Elders were assembled.
    But Peter folowed hym afar of unto the hye Priestes palace; and went in and sate with the servauntes, to see thende [the end]. The chiefe priestes and the elders and all the counsail sought false wytnesse against Jesus, (for to put hym to death,) but found none: yea, when many false wytnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came ii false wytnesses, and sayde: This felow sayd: I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to buylde it againe in iii days. And the chiefe priest arose, and sayd unto hym; aunswerest thou nothing? Why do these beare wytnes against thee? But Jesus helde his peace. And the chiefe priest aunswered and sayd unto him I charge thee by the lyving God, that thou tel us, whether thou be Christ the some of God. Jesus sayd unto him: thou hast sayd. Neverthelesse I say unto you: hereafter shall ye see the sonne of man sitting on the right hand of power, and comming in the cloudes of the skye. Then the hye priest rent his clothes, saying: he hath spoken blasphemy; what nede we of any mo wytnesses? Beholde, now ye have heard his blasphemy; what thynke ye? They aunswered and sayd: he is worthy to dye. Then did they spyt in his face, and buffeted him with fystes. And other smote him on the face with the palme of their handes, saying: tel us thou Christ, who is he that smote thee? Peter sate without in the palace, and a damosel came to him, saying: thou also wast with Jesus of Galile: but he denied before them al, saying; I wot [=know] not what thou sayest. When he was gone out into the porche, another wenche sawe him, and sayd unto them that were there; This felow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And agayne he denyed with an othe [oath], saying: I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stode by, and sayd unto Peter: surely thou art even one of them; for thy speche bewrayeth [betrayeth] thee. Then began he to cursse and to sweare, that he knewe not the man. And immediatly the cocke krewe. And Peter remembred the worde of Jesu, whiche sayd unto him; before the cocke krow, thou shalt deny me thrise: and he went out and wept bitterly.
    When the mornyng was come, all the chiefe priestes and the elders of the people helde a counsaill against Jesus, to put hym to death, and brought him bound, and delivered hym unto Poncius Pylate the deputie. Then Judas (whiche had betrayed him) seyng that he was condemned, repented himselfe, and brought againe the xxx plates [=pieces] of silver to the chiefe priestes and elders, saying; I have synned, betraying the innocent bloud. And they sayd; what is that to us? Se thou to that. And he cast downe the silver plates in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himselfe. And the chief Priestes toke the silver plates, and said: It is not lawfull for to put them into the treasure, because it is the price of bloud. And thei toke councell, and bought with them a potters felde, to burie straungers in. Wherefore the felde is called Haceldema, that is, the felde of bloud, untill this day. Then was fulfilled that whiche was spoken by Jeremie [Jeremiah] the prophet, saying: and thei toke xxx silver plates, the price of him that was valued, whom they bought of the children of Israel, and gave them for the potters felde, as the Lord appointed me.
    Jesus stode before the deputie, and the deputie asked hym, saying, Art thou the king of the Jewes? Jesus sayed unto hym: thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priestes and elders, he answered nothyng. Then said Pilate unto hym: hearest thou not howe many witnesses they laye agaynste thee? And he answered him to never a worde, insomuche that the deputie marvayled greately. At that feaste, the deputie was woont to delyver unto the people a prisoner, whom they would desire. He had then a notable prisoner, called Barrabas. Therfore, when they were gathered together, Pylate sayd; whether wyll ye that I geve loce [loose] unto you, Barrabas, or Jesus whiche is called Christ? For he knewe that for envy they had delivered hym. When he was set doune to geve judgement, his wyfe sent unto him, saying, have thou nothyng to do with that just man: For I have suffred many thynges this day in my slepe because of hym. But the chiefe priestes and Elders persuaded the people that they shoulde aske Barrabas, and destroy Jesus. The deputie answered, and sayd unto them: whether of the twayne [=two] wyll ye that I let loce unto you? They sayd, Barrabas. Pylate sayd unto them, what shal I do then with Jesus, which is called Christ? They all sayd unto hym, let hym be crucified. The deputie sayd: what evill hath he done? But they cried the more, saying; let hym be crucified. When Pylate sawe that he could prevayle nothyng, but that more busynes was made, he toke water and washed his handes before the people, saying; I am innocent of the bloud of this just person, ye shall see. Then answered all the people and sayd; his bloud be on us, and on our children.
    Then let he Barrabas loce unto them, and skourged Jesus, and delivered hym to be crucified. Then the souldiers of the deputie toke Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto hym all the company: and they stripped hym, and put on hym a purple robe, and platted [plaited] a croune of thornes, and put it upon his head, and a rede in his right hande, and bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying: hayle kyng of the Jewes: and when they had spyt upon him, thei toke the rede, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they toke the robe of him agayne, and put his owne rayment on him, and led him away to crucifie him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cirene (named Symon) him they compelled to beare his crosse. And they came unto the place whiche is called Golgotha, that is to say (a place of dead men sculles) and gave hym vynegar to drynke myngled with gall. And when he had tasted therof, he would not drynke. When they had crucified hym, they parted his garmentes, and did cast lottes: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet; They parted my garmentes among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lottes. And they sate, and watched hym there, and set up over hys head the cause of his death, written; This is Jesus the kyng of the Jewes. Then were there ii theves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. They that passed by revyled him waggyng their heades, and saying: thou that destroyedst the temple of God, and dyddest buylde it in thre daies, save thyselfe. If thou be the sonne of God, come doune from the crosse. Likewise also the high Priestes, mockyng hym, with the Scribes and Elders, sayd; he saved other, hymselfe he cannot save. If he be the kyng of Israel, let hym nowe come doune from the crosse, and we will beleve hym. He trusted in God, let him deliver him nowe, if he wyll have him, for he sayed; I am the sonne of God. The theves also, whiche were crucifyed with him, cast the same in his teethe. From the sixt houre was there darkenesse over all the lande, untill the nynth houre. And aboute the nynth houre, Jesus cryed with a loude voyce, saying, Ely, Ely, lamasabathany? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stoode there, when they heard that, sayd: This man calleth for Helias [=Elijah]. And straightway one of them ranne and take a sponge, and when he had fylled it full of vyneger, he put it on a reede, and gave hym to drinke. Other sayd: let be, let us see whether Helias will came and deliver hym. Jesus, when he had cried agayne with a loude voyce, yelded up the ghost. And beholde, the vayle of the temple did rent into two partes, from the top to the botome, and the yerth did quake, and the stones rent, and graves did open, and many bodies of saintes, whiche slept, arose and went out of the graves after his resurreccion, and came into the holy citie, and appeared unto many.
    When the Centurion, and they that were with him watchyng Jesus, sawe the yerthquake and those thynges whiche happened, they feared greatly, saying; Truely, this was the sonne of God. And many women were there, (beholdyng him afarre of,) whiche folowed Jesus from Galilee, ministring unto him: Emong whiche was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses [Joseph], and the mother of Zebedes children.



[Matthew 26:1-

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