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and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull

, they gave him vinegar to drink * mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; and set up over his head this accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him ; for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45 Now from the

45 The darkness was supernatural sixth hour there was dark

at noonday. Nature owning her ness over all the land unto Lord in the dying Saviour. the ninth hour. And about 46 What a depth of misery! and the ninth hour Jesus cried all endured for us——for you, for me. with a loud voice, saying, Eli,

Shall we-can we be ungrateful ! Eli, lama sabacthani ? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost." And, 51 The veil of the temple had hither. behold, the veil of the tem- to been a barrier between Jew and ple was rent in twain from Gentile, the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after

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his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him : among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. 57 When the even was 57 By thus dying the death of a come, there came a rich man malefactor, yet being buried by a

rich man, our Lord fulfilled the meof Arimathæa, named Joseph, morable prophecy of Isaiah. (Is. liii. who also himself was Jesus' 9.) disciple: he went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock : and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead : so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

The minutest facts respecting this event were foretold ages before ; yet they were exactly fulfilled. Well then may our faith in the blessed Jesus be unshaken ! Well may we rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

CHAPTER XXVIII.

Jan. 31, May 30, SEPT. 27.

MONDAY IN EASTER-WEEK, morning. 'In the end of the sabbath, 1 The other Mary was Mary the as it began to dawn toward mother of James and Joses. (Ch. the first day of the week, xvii. 5.) came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there 2 As angels hailed his coming in

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was a great earthquake : for the flesh, they may well hail his trithe angel of the Lord de- umph in it. scended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and 5 Strong affection, when encouraged became as dead men. * And by the angel, soon overcame natural the angel answered and said timidity. unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him : lo, I have told you. * And they departed quickly overpowered with joy, yet they feared

8 A mingled feeling. They were from the sepulchre with fear lest the tidings were too good to be and great joy; and did run

9 Jesus per to bring his disciples word.

tted this act of wor° And as they went to tell

his ship, because he was God. disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them,

10 Happy thought ! The risen Lord Be not afraid : go tell my —the Lord of life-speaks of his disbrethren that they go into ciples as his brethren. Galilee, and there shall they see me. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were as

12 The falsehood confuted itself. sembled with the elders, and

Armed soldiers, if awake, would never had taken counsel, they gave have permitted the unarmed discilarge money unto the soldiers, ples of Christ to have taken away the saying, Say ye, His disciples body; and if asleep, how could they came by night, and stole him possibly know what the disciples did away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the 16 Judas, the twelfth, had gone to Jews until this day. Then his own place. (Acts i. 25.) the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him : but 18 Our Saviour declares his omnisome doubted. * And Jesus potence as God, in order that his came and spake unto them, take the arduous commission with

Apostles may more readily undersaying, All power is given which he was about to entrust them.

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19 Go ye therefore, the authorized ministers of Jesus and teach all nations, bap- Christ, duly ordained by the succestizing them in the name of sors of his apostles, admit men into the Father, and of the Son, his church by baptism, in the one and of the Holy Ghost: teach- holy name of the Father, and

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Son, and of the Holy Ghost. ing them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you : and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The Gospel according to St. Mark.

CHAPTER I.

FEB. 1, May 31, SEPT. 28. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; * as it is written in the pro- 2 Every prophecy fulfilled adds phets, Behold, I send my strength to our faith and brightness messenger before thy face, to our joy. which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judæa, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins ; and he did eat locusts and 7 It was a servant's office “ to unwild honey ; 'and preached, loose the shoe-latchet.” saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water : but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

10 We have here, each engaged in 10 And straightway coming his office, the three persons of the up out of the water, he saw blessed Trinity. Hence, in our Lithe heavens opened, and the tany, the Church implores the SaSpirit like a dove descending viour's mercy“ by his baptism." upon him: and there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And im

mediately the Spirit driveth 13 You cannot, as a follower of him into the wilderness. "And Jesus, expect to escape successive he was there in the wilder- trials in your journey through life. ness forty days, tempted of Satan ; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand : repent ye, and believe the gospel. Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea : for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. is And straightway they for- 18 The entanglements of the world, sook their nets, and followed forsake ; its duties are still left to him. And when he had gone you. a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them : and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. 21 And they went

21 Did Christ keep holy the Sabinto Capernaum; and straight- bath by attending public worship! way on the sabbath day he How shall we be excused, if we entered into the synagogue,

neglect it * ? and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine : for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, Let us alone ; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth ? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26 As man, he had submitted, in 26 And when the unclean baptism, to receive the aid of the spirit had torn him, and cried Spirit ; as God, he controuls even with a loud voice, he came

the spiritual world. out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. And forthwith, when they were come

* It was customary in the Jewish Church for any person, appointed thereto by the priest, to read the Scriptures to the people.

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