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the band, and the tribune, and the servants of the Jews, took Jesus, and they bound him: And they led him away to Annas first, for he was father-inlaw to Caiphas, who was the high-priest of that year. Now Caiphas was he who had given the counsel to the Jews: That it was expedient that one man should die for the people. And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. And that disciple was known to the high-priest, and went in with Jesus into the court of the high-priest. But Peter stood at the door without. The other disciple therefore who was known to the high-priest, went out, and spoke to the porteress, and brought in Peter. And the maid that was porteress, saith to Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples? He saith, I am not. Now the servants and officers stood at a fire of coals, because it was cold, and warmed themselves. And with them was Peter

also standing and warming himself. The high-priest then asked Jesus of his disciples and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I have spoken openly to the world: I have always taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither all the Jews resort; and in secret I have spoken nothing. Why asketh thou me? ask them who have heard what I have spoken unto them: behold they know what things I have said. And when he had said these things, one of the officers standing by, gave Jesus a blow, saying, Answerest thou the high-priest so? Jesus answered him: If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil: but if well, why strikest thou me? nas sent him bound to Caiphas the high-priest. And Simon Peter was standing, and warming himself. They said therefore to him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not. One of the servants of the high-priest (a kinsman to him whose ear Peter cut off) saith to him, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? denied: and immediately the cock crew.

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they led Jesus from Caiphas to the governor's hall. And it was morning; and they went not into the hall, that they might not be defiled, but that they night eat the pasch. Pilate therefore went out to them and said, What accusation bring you against this man? They answered and said to him, If he were not a malefactor we would not have delivered him up to thee. Pilate then said to them, Take him you, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said to him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death. That the word of Jesus might be fulfilled which he said, signifying what death he should die: Pilate therefore went into the hall again, and called Jesus and said to him, Ar thou the king of the Jews? Jesus answered, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thy own nation, and the chief-priest have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence. Pilate therefore said to him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Tho sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this I came into the world; that I should give te timony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice. Pilate saith to him, What is the truth? And when he had said this, he went ont again to the Jews, and said to them, I find no cause in him. But you have a custom that I should n lease one unto you at the pasch: will you therefore that I release unto you the king of the Jews? Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barab bas. Now Barabbas was a robber. Then therefore Pilate took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platting a crown of thorns, put it upon head: and they put on him a purple garment. And they came to him, and said, Hail, king of the Jews

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priests therefore and the servants had seen him, they
cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate
saith to them, Take him you, and crucify him: for
I find no cause in him. The Jews answered him,
We have a law; and according to that law he ought
to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
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I again; and he said to Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore saith to him, Speakest thou not to me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and I have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou shouldst thee from above. Therefore he that hath delivered not have any power against me, unless it were given me to thee, hath the greater sin. forth Pilate sought to release him. But the Jews cried out, saying, If thou release this man, thou art not Cæsar's friend. For whosoever maketh himself aking, speaketh against Cæsar. Now when Pilate had heard these words, he brought Jesus forth: and sat down in the judgment-seat, in the place that is called Lithostrotos, and in the Hebrew Gabbatha. And it was the parasceve of the pasch, about the sixth hour, and he saith to the Jews, Behold your king. But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith to thern, Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar. Then therefore he delivered him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him forth. And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha. Where they

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side, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title also; and he put it upon the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title therefore many of the Jews did read because the place where Jesus was crucified, was nigh to the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate; Write not, The king of the Jews; but that he said, I am the king of the Jews. Pilate answered; What I have written, I have written. The soldiers therefore when they had crucified him, took his garments (and they made four parts, to every soldier a part,) and also his coat Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said then one to another; Let us not cut it, but let us cast lots for it whose it. Clea shall be; that the scripture might be fulfilled which saith: " They have parted my garments among them and upon my vesture they have cast lots." And the soldiers indeed did these things. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdale When Jesus therefore had seen his mother, and the

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disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to hi mother: Woman, behold thy Son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour the disciple took her to his own. After ward Jesus knowing that all things were now accom plished, that the scripture might he fulfilled, sad I thirst. Now there was a vessel set there full d vinegar. And they putting a sponge full of vinegar about hyssop put it to his mouth. Jesus therefore when he had taken the vinegar, said it is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.* Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve) that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the

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sabbath day (for that was a great sabbath-day,) be-
Sought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and
that they might be taken away. The soldiers there-
fore came and they broke the legs of the first, and
of the other that was crucified with him. But after
they came to Jesus, when they saw that he was al-
ready dead. They did not break his legs: But one
of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and im-
mediately there came out blood and water. And he
that saw it hath given testimony: and bis testimony
is true. And he knoweth that he saith true; that
you also may believe. For these things were done
that the scripture might be fulfilled: "You shall not
break a bone of him." And again another scripture
saith: "They shall look on him whom they pierced."
Here is said, Cleanse my heart. ORDINARY.

AND after these things Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take came therefore and took away the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus also came, he who at the first came to Jesus by night, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about one hundred pound weight. therefore the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen They took cloths with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is bury. Now there was in the place, where he was crucified, a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein no man had yet been laid. There therefore, because of the parasceve of the Jews, they laid Jesus, because the sepulchre was nigh at hand. Then the Priest, standing on the Epistle side, says as follows.

Let us pray, most dearly beloved brethren, for the
holy Church of God, that the Lord God would be
pleased to grant it peace, maintain it in union, and
preserve it all over the earth. That he would like-
vise bring into her bosom, the princes and poten.

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