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Reading 1

Mark chapter 14

(Mar 14:1) Now after two days was [the feast of] the passover and the unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him with subtlety, and kill him:

(Mar 14:2) for they said, Not during the feast, lest haply there shall be a tumult of the people.

(Mar 14:3) And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster cruse of ointment of pure nard very costly; [and] she brake the cruse, and poured it over his head.

(Mar 14:4) But there were some that had indignation among themselves, [saying], To what purpose hath this waste of the ointment been made?

(Mar 14:5) For this ointment might have been sold for above three hundred shillings, and given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

(Mar 14:6) But Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

(Mar 14:7) For ye have the poor always with you, and whensoever ye will ye can do them good: but me ye have not always.

(Mar 14:8) She hath done what she could; she hath anointed my body beforehand for the burying.

(Mar 14:9) And verily I say unto you, Wheresoever the gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, that also which this woman hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

(Mar 14:10) And Judas Iscariot, he that was one of the twelve, went away unto the chief priests, that he might deliver him unto them.

(Mar 14:11) And they, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently deliver him [unto them].

(Mar 14:12) And on the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the passover, his disciples say unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and make ready that thou mayest eat the passover?

(Mar 14:13) And he sendeth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him;

(Mar 14:14) and wheresoever he shall enter in, say to the master of the house, The Teacher saith, Where is my guest-chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

(Mar 14:15) And he will himself show you a large upper room furnished [and] ready: and there make ready for us.

(Mar 14:16) And the disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

(Mar 14:17) And when it was evening he cometh with the twelve.

(Mar 14:18) And as they sat and were eating, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you shall betray me, [even] he that eateth with me.

(Mar 14:19) They began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I?

(Mar 14:20) And he said unto them, [It is] one of the twelve, he that dippeth with me in the dish.

(Mar 14:21) For the Son of man goeth, even as it is written of him: but woe unto that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had not been born.

(Mar 14:22) And as they were eating, he took bread, and when he had blessed, he brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take ye: this is my body.

(Mar 14:23) And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them: and they all drank of it.

(Mar 14:24) And he said unto them, This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

(Mar 14:25) Verily I say unto you, I shall no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

(Mar 14:26) And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the mount of Olives.

(Mar 14:27) And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered abroad.

(Mar 14:28) Howbeit, after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.

(Mar 14:29) But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

(Mar 14:30) And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that thou to-day, [even] this night, before the cock crow twice, shalt deny me thrice.

(Mar 14:31) But he spake exceedingly vehemently, If I must die with thee, I will not deny thee. And in like manner also said they all.

(Mar 14:32) And they come unto a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I pray.

(Mar 14:33) And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly amazed, and sore troubled.

(Mar 14:34) And he saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death: abide ye here, and watch.

(Mar 14:35) And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him.

(Mar 14:36) And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; remove this cup from me: howbeit not what I will, but what thou wilt.

(Mar 14:37) And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest thou not watch one hour?

(Mar 14:38) Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

(Mar 14:39) And again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words.

(Mar 14:40) And again he came, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they knew not what to answer him.

(Mar 14:41) And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough; the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

(Mar 14:42) Arise, let us be going: behold, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

(Mar 14:43) And straightway, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

(Mar 14:44) Now he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

(Mar 14:45) And when he was come, straightway he came to him, and saith, Rabbi; and kissed him.

(Mar 14:46) And they laid hands on him, and took him.

(Mar 14:47) But a certain one of them that stood by drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear.

(Mar 14:48) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a robber, with swords and staves to seize me?

(Mar 14:49) I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but [this is done] that the scriptures might be fulfilled.

(Mar 14:50) And they all left him, and fled.

(Mar 14:51) And a certain young man followed with him, having a linen cloth cast about him, over [his] naked [body]: and they lay hold on him;

(Mar 14:52) but he left the linen cloth, and fled naked.

(Mar 14:53) And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and there come together with him all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

(Mar 14:54) And Peter had followed him afar off, even within, into the court of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light [of the fire].

(Mar 14:55) Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found it not.

(Mar 14:56) For many bare false witness against him, and their witness agreed not together.

(Mar 14:57) And there stood up certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,

(Mar 14:58) We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.

(Mar 14:59) And not even so did their witness agree together.

(Mar 14:60) And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

(Mar 14:61) But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and saith unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

(Mar 14:62) And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.

(Mar 14:63) And the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What further need have we of witnesses?

(Mar 14:64) Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be worthy of death.

(Mar 14:65) And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the officers received him with blows of their hands.

(Mar 14:66) And as Peter was beneath in the court, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest;

(Mar 14:67) and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and saith, Thou also wast with the Nazarene, [even] Jesus.

(Mar 14:68) But he denied, saying, I neither know, nor understand what thou sayest: and he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.

(Mar 14:69) And the maid saw him, and began again to say to them that stood by, This is [one] of them.

(Mar 14:70) But he again denied it. And after a little while again they that stood by said to Peter, of a truth thou art [one] of them; for thou art a Galilaean.

(Mar 14:71) But he began to curse, and to swear, I know not this man of whom ye speak.

(Mar 14:72) And straightway the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word, how that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Reading 2

Mark chapter 15

(Mar 15:1) And straightway in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate.

(Mar 15:2) And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering saith unto him, Thou sayest.

(Mar 15:3) And the chief priests accused him of many things.

(Mar 15:4) And Pilate again asked him, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they accuse thee of.

(Mar 15:5) But Jesus no more answered anything; insomuch that Pilate marvelled.

(Mar 15:6) Now at the feast he used to release unto them one prisoner, whom they asked of him.

(Mar 15:7) And there was one called Barabbas, [lying] bound with them that had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.

(Mar 15:8) And the multitude went up and began to ask him [to do] as he was wont to do unto them.

(Mar 15:9) And Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

(Mar 15:10) For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up.

(Mar 15:11) But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

(Mar 15:12) And Pilate again answered and said unto them, What then shall I do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

(Mar 15:13) And they cried out again, Crucify him.

(Mar 15:14) And Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out exceedingly, Crucify him.

(Mar 15:15) And Pilate, wishing to content the multitude, released unto them Barabbas, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

(Mar 15:16) And the soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.

(Mar 15:17) And they clothe him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns, they put it on him;

(Mar 15:18) and they began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

(Mar 15:19) And they smote his head with a reed, and spat upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

(Mar 15:20) And when they had mocked him, they took off from him the purple, and put on him his garments. And they lead him out to crucify him.

(Mar 15:21) And they compel one passing by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go [with them], that he might bear his cross.

(Mar 15:22) And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

(Mar 15:23) And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

(Mar 15:24) And they crucify him, and part his garments among them, casting lots upon them, what each should take.

(Mar 15:25) And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

(Mar 15:26) And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

(Mar 15:27) And with him they crucify two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left.

(Mar 15:28) [And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was reckoned with transgressors.]

(Mar 15:29) And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ha! Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

(Mar 15:30) save thyself, and come down from the cross.

(Mar 15:31) In like manner also the chief priests mocking [him] among themselves with the scribes said, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

(Mar 15:32) Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reproached him.

(Mar 15:33) And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

(Mar 15:34) And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

(Mar 15:35) And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elijah.

(Mar 15:36) And one ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let be; let us see whether Elijah cometh to take him down.

(Mar 15:37) And Jesus uttered a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

(Mar 15:38) And the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom.

(Mar 15:39) And when the centurion, who stood by over against him, saw that he so gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

(Mar 15:40) And there were also women beholding from afar: among whom [were] both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

(Mar 15:41) who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him; and many other women that came up with him unto Jerusalem.

(Mar 15:42) And when even was now come, because it was the Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

(Mar 15:43) there came Joseph of Arimathaea, a councillor of honorable estate, who also himself was looking for the kingdom of God; and he boldly went in unto Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

(Mar 15:44) And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

(Mar 15:45) And when he learned it of the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph.

(Mar 15:46) And he bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

(Mar 15:47) And Mary Magdalene and Mary the [mother] of Joses beheld where he was laid.

Reading 3

Mark chapter 16

(Mar 16:1) And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.

(Mar 16:2) And very early on the first day of the week, they come to the tomb when the sun was risen.

(Mar 16:3) And they were saying among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the tomb?

(Mar 16:4) and looking up, they see that the stone is rolled back: for it was exceeding great.

(Mar 16:5) And entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, arrayed in a white robe; and they were amazed.

(Mar 16:6) And he saith unto them, Be not amazed: ye seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who hath been crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold, the place where they laid him!

(Mar 16:7) But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

(Mar 16:8) And they went out, and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them: and they said nothing to any one; for they were afraid.

(Mar 16:9) Now when he was risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

(Mar 16:10) She went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

(Mar 16:11) And they, when they heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, disbelieved.

(Mar 16:12) And after these things he was manifested in another form unto two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country.

(Mar 16:13) And they went away and told it unto the rest: neither believed they them.

(Mar 16:14) And afterward he was manifested unto the eleven themselves as they sat at meat; and he upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them that had seen him after he was risen.

(Mar 16:15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

(Mar 16:16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

(Mar 16:17) And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;

(Mar 16:18) they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

(Mar 16:19) So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

(Mar 16:20) And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.