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cause he made himself the SON OF Then the soldiers, when they had GOD. When Pilate therefore heard crucified JEsus, took his garments, that saying, he was the more afraid ; (and made four parts, to every soldier and went again into the judgment, a part) and also his coat: now the hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence coat was without seam, woven from art thou? But Jesus gave him no the top throughout. They said thereanswer. Then saith Pilate unto him, fore among themselves, Let us not Speakest thou not unto me? Know- rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it est thou not that I have power to cru- shall be : that the Scripture might be cify thee, and have power to release fulfilled, which saith, They parted thee? Jesus answered, Thou could my raiment among them, and for my est have no power at all against me, vesture they did cast fots. These except it were given thee from above; things therefore the soldiers did. Now therefore he that delivered me unto there stood by the cross of Jesus, his thee hath the greater sin. And from mother, and his mother's sister, Mary thenceforth Pilate sought to release the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Mag. him ; but the Jews cried out, saying, dalene. When JESUS, therefore, saw If thou let this man go, thou art not his mother, and the disciple standing Cæsar's friend: whosoever maketh by whom he loved, he saith unto his himself a king, speaketh against mother, Woman, behold thy son. Cæsar. When Pilate therefore heard Then saith he to the disciple, Behold that saying, he brought Jesus forth, thy mother. And from that hour that and sat down in the judgment-seat, disciple took her unto his own home. in a place that is called the Pave. After this, Jesus knowing that all ment, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. things were now accomplished, that And it was the preparation of the the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, passover, and about the sixth hour: I thirst. Now there was set a vesand he saith unto the Jews, Behold sel full of vinegar: and they filled your King. But they cried out, Away a sponge with vinegar, and put & with him, away with him, crucify him. upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify When JESUS, therefore, had received your King? The chief priests answer the vinegar, he said, It is finished : ed, We have no king but Cæsar. Then and he bowed his head, and gave up delivered he him therefore unto them the ghost. The Jews, therefore, te to be crucified: and they took Jesus, cause it was the preparation, that the and led him away. And he, bearing his bodies should not remain upon the cross, went forth into a place called the cross on the sabbath-day, (for that sabplace of a skull, which is called in the bath-day was a high day) besought Hebrew Golgotha; where they cru- Pilate that their legs might be brok eified him, and two others with him, en, and that they might be taken on either side one, and Jesus in the away. Then came the soldiers and midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put brake the legs of the first, and of the it on the cross; and the writing was other which was crucified with him. JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE But when they came to Jesus, and KING OF THE JEWS. This title saw that he was dead already, they then read many of the Jews; for the brake not his legs. But one of the place where Jesus was crucified was soldiers with a spear pierced his side, nigh to the city; and it was written and forth with came thereout blood and in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. water. And he that saw it bare record, Then said the chief priests of the and his record is true: and he knowJews to Pilate, Write not, The King eth that he saith true, that ye might of the Jews; but that he said, I am believe. For these things were done, King of the Jews. Pilate answered, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, What I have written, I have written. IA bune of him shall not be broken.

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And again another Scripture saith, rock; and he rolled a great stone to
They shall look on him whom they the door of the sepulchre, and de-
pierced.

parted. And there was Mary Mag.
dalene, and the other Mary, sitting

over against the sepulchre. Now The Collect.

the next day that followed the day of

the preparation, the chief priests and GRANT, O LORD, that as we are Pharisees came together unto Pilate, baptized into the death of thy blessed saying, Sir, we remember that that Son our Saviour JESUS CHRIST, so deceiver said, while he was yet alive, by continual mortifying our corrupt After three days I will rise again affections, we may be buried with Command therefore that the sepul. him; and that through the grave and chre be made sure until the third gate of death we may pass to our day, lest his disciples come by night, joyful resurrection, for his merits, and steal him away, and say unto the who died, and was buried, and rose people, He is risen from the dead: so again for us, thy Son Jesus CHRIST the last error shall be worse than the our Lord. Amen.

first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have The Epistle. 1 St. Peter iii. 17. a watch; go your way, make it as IT is better, if the will of God be sure as you can. So they went and

made the sepulchre sure, sealing the 80, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing For Christ also hath stone, and setting a watch. once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, (that he might bring us to

EASTER-DAY. God)' being put to death in the 11 At Morning Prayer, instead of the Psalm, flesh, but quickened by the spirit : come let us sing, &c.) these anthems shall be by which also he went arrd preached sung or said. unto the spirits in prison ; which CHRIST our passoyer is sacrificed sometime were disobedient, when for us; therefore let us keep the once the long-suffering of God waited feast; in the days of Noah, while the ark Not with the old leaven, neither was a preparing; wherein few, that with the leaven of malice and wicked. is, eight souls, were saved by water. ness; but with the unleavened bread The like figure whereunto, even Bap- of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. v. 7. tism, doth also now save us (not the putting away the filth of the flesh, dead, dieth no more; death hath no

CHRIST being raised from the but the answer of a toward GOD) by the resurrection of more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto JESUS CHRIST: who is gone into

but in that he liveth, he heaven, and is on the right hand of

liveth unto God. God; angels, and authorities, and

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves powers, being made subject unto him.

to be dead indeed unto sin; but alive The Gospel. St. Matt. xxvii. 57. unto God through JesUS CHRIST

WHEN the even was come, there our Lord. Rom. vi. 9. came a rich man of Arimathea, nanied CHRIST is risen from the dead, Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' and become the first fruits of them disciple: he went to Pilate, and beg. that slept. ged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate For since by man came death, by commanded the body to be delivered. man came also the resurrection of And when Joseph had taken the bo- the dead. dy, he wrapped it in a clean linen For as in Adam all die; even so cloth, and laid it in his own new in CHRIST shall all be made alive. tomb, which he had hewn out in the li Cor. xv. 20.

sin once ;

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went into the sepulchre, and seeth ALMIGHTY GOD, who through the linen clothes lie; and the napkin thine only - begotten Son Jesus that was about his head not lying Christ hast overcome death, and with the linen clothes, but wrapped opened unto us the gate of everlast- together in a place by itself. Then ing life; we humbly beseeeh thee, went in also that other disciple which that as, by thy special grace prevent. came first to the sepulchre, and he ing us, thou dost put into our minds saw, and believed. For as yet they good desires; so by thy continual knew not the Scripture, that he must help we may bring the same to good rise again from the dead. Then the effect, through Jesus Christ our disciples went away again unto their Lord; who liveth and reigneth with own liome. chee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. MONDAY IN EASTER-WEEK. The Epistle. Col. iii. 1.

The Collect. IF ye then be risen with CHRIST, ALMIGHTY God, who through seek those things which are above, thine only - begotten Son Jesus where Christ sitteth on the right CHRIST hast overcome death, and hand of God. Set your affection on opened unto us the gate of everlasting things above, not on things on the life; we humbly beseech thee, that earth: for ye are dead, and your life as, by thy special grace preventing is hid with CHRIST in God. When us, thou dost put into our minds good Christ, who is our life, shall ap- desires; so by thy continual help we pear, then shall ye also appear with may bring the same to good effect, him in glory. Mortify therefore your through JESUS CHRIST our Lord; members which are upon the earth ; who liveth and reigneth with thes fornication, uncleanness, inordinate and the Holy Ghost, ever one affection, evil concupiscence, and co- God, world without end. Amen. vetousness, which is idolatry: for

For the Epistle. Acts x. 34. which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobe.

PETER opened his mouth, and dience: in the which ye also walked said, Of a truth I perceive

that God sometime, when ye lived in them. is no respecter of persons : but in

every nation he that feareth him and The Gospel. St. John xx. 1.

worketh righteousness, is accepted THE first day of the week cometh with him. The word which GOD Mary Magdalene early, when it was sent unto the children of Israel, yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and preaching peace by JESUS CHRIST; seeth the stone taken away from the (he is LORD of all:) that word, I sepulchre. Then she runneth and say, ye know, which was published cometh to Simon Peter, and to the throughout all Judea, and began from other disciple whom Jesus loved, Galilee, after the baptism which John and saith unto thein, They have taken preached: how God anointed JESUS away the Lord out of the sepulchre, of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and we know not where they have and with power; who went about laid him. Peter therefore went forth, doing good, and healing all that were and that other disciple, and came to oppressed of the devil: for God was the sepulchre. So they ran both to with him. And we are witnesses of gether, and the other disciple, did all things which he did, both in the outrun Peter, and came first to the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem ; sepulchre; and he, stooping down whom they slew, and hanged on a and looking in, saw the linen clothes tree. Him God raised up the third lying, yet went he not in. Then com day, and showed him openly; not to eth Simon Peter following him, and I all the people, but unto witnesses

chosen before of God, even to us, slow of heart to believe all that the who did eat and drink with himn after prophets have spoken! ought not he rose from the dead. And he com-Christ to have suffered these things. manded us to preach unto the people, and to enter into his glory? And be and to testify that it is he who was ginning at Moses and all the prophets, ordained of God to be the judge of he expounded unto them in all the quick and dead. To him give all the Scriptures, the things concerning prophets witness, that through his himself. And they drew nigh unto name, whosoever believeth in him, the village whither they went: and shall receive remission of sins. he made as though he would liave

gone further: but they constrained The Gospel. St. Lnke xxiv. 13.

him, saying, Abide with us; for it is BEHOLD, two of his disciples toward evening, and the day is far went that same day to a village called spent. And he went in to tarry with Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem them. And it came to pass, as he about threescore furlongs. And they sat at meat with them, he took bread, talked together of all these things and blessed it, and brake, and gave to which had happened. And it came them. And their eyes were opened, to pass, that while they communed and they knew hirn, and he vanished together, and reasoned, Jesus him out of their sight. And they said ore self drew near, and went with them. to another, Did not our heart burn But their eyes were holden that they within us, when he talked with us by should not know him. And he said the way, and while he opened to us anto them, What manner of commu- the Scriptures? And they rose up nications are these that

ye
have one

the same hour, and returned to Jerui.
to another, as ye walk, and are sad ? salem, and found the eleven gathered
And one of them, whose name was together, and them that were with
Cleopas, answering, said unto him, them, saying: The Lord is risen
Art thou only a stranger in Jerusa- indeed, and hath appeared unto Si.
lem, and hast not known the things mon. And they told what things
which are come to pass there in these were done in the way, and how he
days? And he said unto them, What was known of them in breaking of
things? And they said unto hini, bread.
Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who
was a prophet mighty in deed and TUESDAY IN EASTER-WEEK.
word, before God and all the people:

The Collect. and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned

ALMIGHTY GOD, who through to deaths, and have crucified him. But thine only - begotten' Son Jesus we trusted that it had been he who

Christ hast overcome death, and should have redeemed Israel: and opened unto us the gate of everlasting beside all this, to-day is the third day life; we humbly beseech thee, that since these things were done. Yea,

as, by thy special grace preventing and certain women also of our com- us, thou dost put into our minds good pany made us astonished, who were

desires; so by thy continual help we early at the sepulchre; and when may bring the same to good effect, they found not his body, they came, who liveth and reigneth with thee

through Jesus CHRIST our Lord; saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he and the Holy GHOST, ever one was alive. Ånd certain of them who God, world without end. Amen. were with us went to the sepulchre, For the Epistle. Acts xiii. 26. and found it even sú as the woinen MEN and brethren, children of had said; but him they saw not. the stock of Abraham, and whosoever Then he said unto them, O fools, and among you feareth Gon, to you is the

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word of this salvation sent. For they , be unto you. But they were terrified that dwell at Jerusalem, and their and affrighted, and supposed that they rulers, because they knew him not, had seen a spirit. And he said unto nor yet the voices of the prophets them, Why are ye troubled, and why which are read every sabbath-day, do thoughts arise in your hearts i they have fulfilled them in condemn- Behoid my hands and niy feet, that it ing him. And though they found no is I myself: handle me, and see; for cause of death in him, yet desired a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as they Pilate that he should be slain. ye sec me bave. And when he had And when they had fulfilled all that thus spoken, he showed them his was written of him, they took him hands and his feet. And while they down from the tree, and laid him in yet believed not for joy, and wonthe sepulchre. But God raised him dered, he said unto them, Have ye from the dead : And he was seen here any meat? And they gave him many days of them which came up a piece of a broiled fish, and of an with hiin from Galilee to Jerusalem, honey-comu. And he took it, and who are his witnesses unto the peo- did eat before them. And he said ple. And we declare unto you glad into them, These are the words tidings, how that the promise which which I spake unto you, while I was was inadc unto the fathers, God hath yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled the same unto us their child fulfilled which were written in the ren, in that he hath raised up Jesus law of Moses, and in the Prophets, again; as it is also written in the and in the Psalms, concerning me. second Psalm, Thou art my Sɔa, Then opened he their understanding, this day have I begotten thee. And that they inight understand the Scrip. as concerning that be raised him up tures; and said unto them, Thus it from the dead, now no more to return is written, and thus it behoved to corruption, he said on this wise, I|CHRIST to suffer, and to rise from will give you the suure mercies of the dead the third day; and that reDavid. Wherefore he saith also in pentance and remission of sins should another Psalm, Thou shalt not suffer be preached in his name ainong all thine Holy One to see corruption. nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And For David, after he had served his ye are witnesses of these things. own generation, by the will of God, fell or sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption : but he, woom GOD raised again, saw no

The Collect. corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that

ALMIGHTY Father, wlio hast through this man is preached unto

given thine only Son to die for our you the forgiveness of sins : and by sins, and to rise again for our justifihim all that believe are justified fruin cation ; grant us so to put away the

leaven of malice and wickedness, that all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Be we may, always serve thee in pureware, therefore, lest that come upon merits of the same thy Son Jesus

ness of living and truth, through the you which is spoken of in the pro- Christ our Lord. Amen. shets, Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work The Epistle. 1 John v. 4. in your days, a work which you WHATSOEVER is born of God, shall in no wise believe, though a overcometh the world; and this is the man declare it unto you.

victory that overcometh the world, The Gospel. St. Luke xxiv. 36. even our faith. Who is he that overJESUS himself stood in the midst corneth the world, but he that be. of them, and saith unto them, Peace lieveth that Jesus is the Son Of

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