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coming with the clouds of heaven.

63 Then the high-priest rendIng his garments, saith: What

need we any farther witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy. What think you? Who all condemned him to be guilty of death.

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 servants struck him with the palms of their hands.

66 Now when Peter was in the court below, there cometh one of the maid-servants of the high-priest.

67 And when she had seen Peter warming himself, looking on him she saith: Thou also

wast with JESUS of Nazareth.

68 But he denied, saying: I neither know nor understand what thou sayest. And he went forth before the court; and the cock crew.

69 And again a maid-servant seeing him, began to say to the standers-by: This is one of them,

70 But he denied again. And after a while they that stood by said again to Peter: Burely thou art one of them; for thou art also a Galilean.

71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom you speak.

72 And immediately the cock crew again. dAnd Peter remembered the word that JESUS had said unto him: Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt thrice eny me. And he began to weep.

a Matt. 26. 69. Luke 22, 56. John 18. 17.-b Matt. 26. 1.-c Luke 22. 59. John 18. 25.-d Matt. 26. 75 John 13. 38.


The continuation of the history of the passion.

A morning the chief priests AND ⚫ straightway in the holding a consultation with the ancients and the scribes and the whole council, binding JESUS, led him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

2 And Pilate asked him: Art thou the king of the Jews! But he answering, saith to him: Thou sayest it.

And the chief priests accused him in many things.

4 And Pilate again asked him, saying: Answerest thou nothing? behold in how many things they accuse thee..

5 But JESUS still answered nothing; so that Pilate won


6 Now on the festival day he was wont to release unto them one of the prisoners, whomsoever they demanded.

7 And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder.

8 And when the multitude was come up, they began to desire that he would do, as he had ever done unto them.

9 And Pilate answered them, and said: Will you that I release to you the king of the Jews?

10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him up

out of envy.

11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas to them.

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12 And Pilate again answering, saith to them: What will you then that I do to the "king of the Jews?

13 But they again cried out: Crucify him?

14 And Pilate saith to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more: Crucify him.

15 And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up JESUS, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

16 And the soldiers led him away into the court of the palace, and they call together the whole band:

17 And they clothe him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns they put it upon him.

18 And they began to salute him: Hail, king of the Jews.

19 And they struck his head with a reed: And they did spit on him. And bowing their knees, they adored him.

20 And after they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own garments on him, and they led him out to crucify him.

21 d And they forced one Simon a Cyrenian who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and of Rufus, to take up his cross.

22 And they bring him into the place called Golgotha, which being interpreted is, the place of Calvary.

23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh; but he took it not.

24. And crucifying him, they

a Matt. 27. 22. Luke 23. 14.-6 John 18. 40. c Matt. 27. 27. John 19. 2.d Matt. 27. 32. Luke 23. 26.-e Matt. 37.35 Luke 23. 34. John 19. 23.


divided his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

26 And the inscription of his cause was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

27 And with him they crucify two thieves, the one on his right hand and the other on his left.

28 And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith: And with the wicked he was reputed.

29 And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days buildest it up again :

30 Save thyself, coming down from the cross.

31 In like manner also the chief priests mocking said with the scribes one to another: He saved others, himself he cannot save.

32 Let Christ the king of Israel come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him, reviled him.

33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour.

34 And at the ninth hour, JESUS cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi,

Isaias 53. 12.2.-g John 2. 19.--h Ps. 21. 2. Matt. 27. 46.

CHAP. XV. Ver. 25. The thir hour. The ancient account divided

the day into four parts, which were named from the hour from which ninth hour. Our Lord was crucified they began: the first, third, sixth and a little before noon; before the third hour had quite expired; but when the sixth hour was near at hand.

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35 And some of the standersby hearing, said: Behold he calleth Elias.

36 And one running and filling a sponge with vinegar, and putting it upon a reed, gave him to drink, saying: Stay, let us see if Elias come to take him down.

37 And JESUS having cried out with a loud voice, gave up the ghost..

38 And the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom.

39 And the centurion who stood over against him, seeing that crying out in this manner he had given up the ghost, said: Indeed this man was the Son of God.

40 And there were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joseph, and Salome;

41 Who also when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered to him, and many other women that came up with him to Jerusalem.

42 And when evening was now come (because it was the Parasceve, that is, the day before the Sabbath),

43 Joseph of Arimathea, at noble counsellor, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and begged the body of JESUS.

44 But Pilate wondered that

a Matt. 27.55.-b Luke 8. 2.-c Matt. 17.57. Luke 23. 50. Luke 23. 50. John 19. 38.

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Christ's resurrection and ascension.

AND when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James and Salome brought sweet spices, that coming they might anoint JESUS.

2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, theycome to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen.

3 And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre!

4 And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great.

5. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man

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sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe: and they were astonished.

6 Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek JESUS of Nazareth, who was crucified : he is risen, he is not here, behold the place where they laid him.

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, that he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him as he told you.

8 But they going out, fled from the sepulchre. For a trembling and fear had seized them and they said nothing to any man; for they were afraid.

9 But he rising early the first day of the week, appeared first to Mary Magdalen, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10 She went and told them that had been with him, who were mourning and weeping.

11 And they. hearing that he Iwas alive, and had been seen by her, did not believe.

12 And after that he appeared in another shape to two of them walking, as they were going into the country.

13 And they going told it to the rest neither did they believe them.

a Supra, 14. 28.-b John 20. 16.Lake 94 13.

14 At length he appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again.

15 And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents: and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.

19 And the Lord JESUS, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God.

20 But they going forth, preached everywhere: the Lord working withal, and confirm ing the word with signs that followed.

d Acts 16. 18.-e Acts 2. 4. and 10. 46.- Acts 28. 5.-g Acts 28. 8.A Luke 24. 51.




ST. LUKE was a native of Antioch, the capital of Syria; he was by profesnon a physician, and some ancient writers say, that he was very skilful in painting. He was converted by St. Paul, and became his disciple and his companion in his travels, and fellow-labourer in the ministry of the Gospel. He wrote in Greek about twenty-four years after our Lord's ascension.


The conception of John the Baptist, and of Christ: the visitation and canticle of the Blessed Virgin: the birth of the Baptist, and the canticle of Zachary.

FORASMUCH as many have

taken in hand to set forth in order a narration of the things that have been accomplished among us;

2 According as they have delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word;

3 It seemed good to me also, having diligently attained to all things from the beginning, to write to thee, in order, most excellent Theophilus,

4 That thou mayest know the verity of those words in which thou hast been instructed.

5 There was in the days of Herod the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia, and his

a 1 Par. 24. 10.

CHAP. I. Ver. 5. Of the course of Abia, i. e., of the rank of Abia, which word in the Greek is commonly put for the employment of one day; but here for the functions of a whole week. For, by the appointment of David,

wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth, 6 And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifica tions of the Lord without blame.

7 And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years.

8 And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God,"

9 According to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord;

10 And all the multitude of the people was praying without at the hour of incense.

11 And there appeared to him an Angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

12 And Zachary seeing him was troubled, and fear fell upon him;

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