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and make him king, fled again into the mountain himself alone.

The fifth Sunday in Lent, called Passion Sunday.
The Collect.

MERCIFULLY look down on thy people, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that by thy bounty and protection, they may be governed and guarded both in body and soul. Thro'.

The Epistle. Heb. ix. 11. 15.

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Brethren Christ being come, an high priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation: neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ (who thro' the Holy Ghost offered himself without spot to God) cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death, for the redemption of those transgressions which were under, the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

The Gospel. John viii, 46. 59.

At that time: Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews: which of you shall convince me of sin? If I say the truth to you, why do you not believe

* It is called Passion-Sunday, because from this day to Easter, the Church in her office and ceremonies is wholly engaged in comme. morating the passion of Christ.

me? He that is of God, heareth the words of God; therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God. The Jews therefore answered, and said to him: Do not we say well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered: I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and you have dishonoured me. But I seek not my own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.

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Amen, amen, I say to you, if any man keep my word, he shall not see death for ever. The Jews therefore said: Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest: If any man keep my word, he shall not taste death for ever. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? and the prophets are dead? Whom dost thou make thyself? Jesus answered: If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father that glorifieth me, of whom you say that he is your God. And you have not known him, but I know him. And if I should say that I know him not, I should be like to you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word. Abraham your Father rejoiced that he might see my day he saw it, and was glad. The Jews then said to him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. Then they took up stones to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple. '

The sixth Sunday in Lent, called Palm-Sunday*
The Collect.

O ALMIGHTY and eternal God, who wouldst have our Saviour become man, and suffer on a

* Palm-Sunday is so called from a very ancient ecclesiastical practice of distributing blessed palms to the faithful on that day, in memory of the Jews strewing branches of palms before Jesus Christ, ae he entered into Jerusalem a few days previous to his passion.

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cross, to give mankind an example of humility: mercifully grant, that we may improve by the example of his patience, and partake of his resurrection. Thro'.

The Epistle. Philip. ii. 5. 11.

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Brethren Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God but debased himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of a servant, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death; even to the death of the cross. For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: that in the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of the Father.

The Gospel. Matt. xxvi. and xxvii.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples: You know that after two days shall be the pasch, and the Son of Man shall be delivered up to be crucified. Then were gathered together the chief priests and ancients of the people into the court of the high priest, who was called Caiphas: and they consulted together, that by subtilty they might apprehend Jesus, and put him to death. But they said: Not on the festival day, lest perhaps there should be a tumult amongst the people. And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, there came to him a woman having an alabaster box of precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he was at table. And the disciples seeing it, had indignation, saying: To what purpose is this waste? For this might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. And Jesus

knowing it, said to them: Why do you trouble this woman? for she has wrought a good work upon me. For the poor you have always with you, but me you have not always. For she, in pouring this ointment upon my body, hath done it for my burial. Amen, I say to you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done, shall be told for a memory of her. Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests, and said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from thenceforth he sought an opportunity to betray him. And on the first day of the Azymes the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the pasch? But Jesus said: Go ye into the city to a certain man, and say to him: The Master saith my time is near at hand, I will keep the pasch at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus appointed to them, and they prepared the pasch. Now when it was evening, he sat down with his twelve disciples. And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen, I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me. And they being very much troubled, began every one to say: Is it 1, Lord ? But he answering, said: He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me. Son of Man indeed goeth, as it is written of him ; but wo to that man, by whom the Son of Man shall be betrayed. It were better for him, if that man had not been born. And Judas, that betrayed him, answering said: Is it 1, Rabbi? He saith to him: Thou hast said it. And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke; and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat: This is my body. And taking the chalice he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye

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all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many for the remission of sins. And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father. And a hymn being said, they went out into mount Olivet. Then Jesus said to them: All you shall be scandalized in me this night. For it is written: "I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed." But after I shall be risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. And Peter answering, said to him: Although all shall be scandalized in thee, I will never be scandalized. And Jesus said to him: Amen, I say to thee, that in this night, before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice. Peter saith to him: Yea, though I should die with thee, I will not deny thee. And in like manner said all the disciples. Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani; and he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder, and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then he saith to them; My soul is sorrowful even unto death; stay you here and watch with me. And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh to his disciples and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What! could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Again the second time he went, and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but 1 must drink it, thy will be done. And he cometh again, and findetli them asleep; for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went

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