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Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


O GOD, who in a wonderful sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy passion: Grant us so to reverence the holy mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever know within ourselves the fruit of thy redemption; who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.  Amen.


THE EPISTLE.  1 Cor. 11. 17 
IN this that I declare unto you, I praise you not; that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.  For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you, and I partly believe it.  For there must be also heresies among you, that they who are approved may be made manifest among you.  When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper: for in eating every one taketh before other his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunken.  What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not?  What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this?  I praise you not.  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto You, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.  Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.  And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation.  And the rest will I set in order when I come.

(Note:  the 1662 BCP Epistle begins at 1 Cor. 11. 17 as above, the 1962 Canadian BCP Epistle begins at 1 Co. 11.23 - "Brethren, I have received of the Lord that also which I have delivered unto You...")


THE GOSPEL. S. Luke 23. 1 
THE whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.  And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying, That he himself is Christ a King.  And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?  And he answered him, and said, Thou sayest it.  Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.  And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.  When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.  And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself was also at Jerusalem at that time.  And when Herod saw Jesus he was exceeding glad; for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.  Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.  And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.  And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.  And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together; for before they were at enmity between themselves.  And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.  I will therefore chastise him, and release him.  For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.  And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)  Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.  But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.  And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done?  I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.  And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified: and the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.  And Pilate gave sentence that-at it should be as they required.  And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.  And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.  And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.  But Jesus, turning unto them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.  For behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.  Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fail on us; and to the hills, Cover us.  For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be alone in the dry?  And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.  And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him; and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.  And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.  And the people stood beholding; and the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.  And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying, If thou be the King of the Jews, save thyself.  And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  And one of the malefactors, which were hanged, railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done nothing amiss.  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.  And it was about the sixth hour: and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.  And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.  Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.  And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things that were done, smote their breasts and returned.  And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.



INTROIT.  Ps 67 
GOD be merciful unto us, and bless us, / and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
2 That thy way may be known upon earth, / thy saving health among all nations.
3 Let the people praise thee, O God; / yea, let all the people praise thee.
4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad; / for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
5 Let the people praise thee, O God; / let all the people praise thee.
6 The earth hath brought forth her increase; / and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
7 God shall bless us; / and all the ends of the world shall fear him.


GRADUAL.  Ps 22:22-26   
22 I will declare thy Name unto my brethren; / in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 O praise the Lord, ye that fear him: / magnify him, all ye of the seed of Jacob, and stand in awe of him, all ye seed of Israel;
24 For he hath not despised, nor abhorred the low estate of the poor; / he hath not hid his face from him; but when he called unto him he heard him.
25 Of thee cometh my praise  in the great congregation; / my vows will I perform in the sight of them that fear him.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; they that seek after the Lord shall praise him; / may your heart shall live for ever.

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