Tuesday in Holy Week
Epistle: Jeremias xi: 18-20
A reading from the prophet Jeremias.
Gradual: Psalm xxxiv: 13, 1-2
But as for me, when they were troublesome to me, I was clothed with haircloth, and I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer shall be turned into my bosom. [V] Judge Thou, O Lord, them that wrong me, overthrow them that fight against me: take hold of arms and shield, and rise up to help me.
The Passion: Mark xiv: 1-72; xv: 1-46
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark.
And Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. And they, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought out an opportunity to betray Him.
And on the first day of the Unleavened Bread, when it was customary for them to sacrifice the Passover, the disciples said to Him, "Where dost Thou want us to go to prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?" And He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and there you will meet a man carrying a water pitcher. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, "The Master says, Where is my guest chamber, that I may eat the Passover there with My disciples." And he will show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready for us." And His disciples went forth and entered the city, and found just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.
Now when evening arrived, he came with the Twelve. And while they were at the table eating, Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray Me." But they began to be sad, and to say to Him one by one, "Is it I?" But He said to them, "It is one of the Twelve who dips into the dish with Me. The Son of Man indeed goes His way, as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It were better for that man if he had not been born."
And while they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessing it, he broke and gave it to them, and said, "Take ye, this is My body." And taking a cup and giving thanks, He gave it to them and they all drank of it; and He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is being shed for many. Amen, I say to you, that I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new in the kingdom of God."
And after reciting a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, "You will be scandalized this night, for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered. But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee." But Peter said to Him, even though all shall be scandalized, not yet I." Jesus said to him, "Amen, I say to thee, today, this very night, before a cock crows twice, thou wilt deny Me three times." But he went on speaking more vehemently, "Even if I should have to die with Thee, I will not deny Thee!" And all said the same thing.
And they came to a country place called Gethsemani, and He said to His disciples, "Sit down here while I pray." And He took with Him Peter, and James, and John; and He began to feel dread and be exceedingly troubled. And He said to them, "My soul is sad, even unto death. Wait here and watch." And going forward a little, He fell on the ground, and began to pray that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him; and He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to Thee. Remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what Thou willest."
And He came and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, "Simon, dost thou sleep? Couldst thou not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." And again He went away and prayed, saying the same words over. And He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And they did not know what answer to make to Him. And He came the third time and said to them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest! It is enough; the hour has come. Behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go. Behold, he who will betray me is at hand."
And while He was yet speaking, Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve came, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. And, now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, that is he; lay hold of Him, and lead Him safely away. And when he came he went straight up to Him and said, "Hail, Rabbi," and kissed Him. And they seized Him and held Him.
But one of the bystanders drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus, addressing them, said, "As against a robber you have come out with swords and clubs to seize Me. I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not lay hands on Me. But it is so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled."
Then all the disciples left Him and fled. And a certain young man was following Him, having a linen cloth wrapped about his naked body and they seized him. But leaving the linen cloth behind, he fled away from them naked.
And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the priests and the scribes and the elders gathered together. But Peter followed Him at a distance, even to the courtyard of the high priest, and was sitting with the attendants at the fire and warming himself. Now the chief priests and all of the Sanhedrin were seeking witness against Jesus, that they might put Him to death, but they found none. For while many bore false witness against Him, their evidence did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against Him, saying, "We ourselves have heard Him say, "I will destroy this temple built by hands, and after three days I will build another, not built by hands."" And even then their evidence did not agree.
Then the high priest, standing up in their midst, asked Jesus, saying, "Dost thou make no answer to the things these men prefer against Thee?" But He kept silence and made no answer. Again the high priest began to ask Him, and said to Him, "Art Thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" And Jesus said to Him, "I am, and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven."
But the high priest tore His garments and said, "What further need have we of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think? And they all condemned as liable to death. And some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to buffet Him, and to say to Him, "Prophesy." And the attendants struck Him with blows of their hands.
And while Peter was below in the courtyard, there came one of the maidservants of the high priest; and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him and said, "Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth." But he denied it, saying "I neither know nor understand what thou art saying." He went outside in the vestibule, and the cock crowed. And the maidservant, seeing him again, began to say to the bystanders, "This is one of them." But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, "Surely thou art one of them, for thou art also a Galilean." But he began to curse and to swear: "I do not know this man you are talking about." And at that moment a cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered the word that Jesus said to Him, "Before a cock crows twice, thou wilt deny Me three times." And he began to weep.
And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders, the scribes, and the whole Sanhedrin. And they bound Jesus, and led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. And Pilate asked Him, "Art Thou the king of the Jews?" And He answered Him and said, "Thou sayest it." And the chief priest accused Him of many things. And Pilate again asked Him, saying, "Hast Thou no answer to make? Behold how many things they accuse Thee of." But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered.
Now at festival time, he used to release to them one of the prisoners, whomever they had petitioned for. Now there was a man called Barabbas imprisoned with some rioters, one who in the riot had committed murder. And the crowd came up and began to ask that he do for them as he was wont. But Pilate addressed them, saying, "Do you wish that I release to you the king of the Jews?" For he knew that the chief priests had delivered Him up out of envy. But the chief priest stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. But Pilate again spoke and, said to them, "What then do you want me to do to the king of the Jews?" But they cried out again, "Crucify Him!" But Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they kept crying out the more, "Crucify Him!"
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released to them Barabbas; but Jesus he scourged and delivered to be crucified. Now the soldiers led him away into the courtyard of the prætorium, and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed Him in purple, and plaiting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him, and began to greet Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they kept striking Him on the head with a reed, and spitting upon; and bending their knees, they did homage to Him.
And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him and put His own garments on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. And they forced a certain passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to take up His cross. And they brought Him to the place called Golgatha, which translated, is the Place of the Skull.
And they gave Him wine to drink, mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it. Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots for them to see what each should take. Now it was the third hour and they crucified him. And the inscription bearing the charge against him was, The King of the Jews.
And they crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, And He was reckoned among the wicked. And the passers-by were jeering at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Aha, Thou who destroyest the temple, and in three days buildest it up again; come down from the cross and save Thyself!" In like manner, the chief priests and the scribes said in mockery to one another, "He saved others, Himself He cannot save! Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." And they who were crucified with Him reproached Him.
And when the sixth hour came, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani?" which translated is, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" And some of the bystanders, on hearing this, said, "Behold, He is calling Elias." But someone ran, soaked a sponge in common wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying "Wait, let us see whether Elias is coming to take Him down." But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and gave up the ghost.
[All kneel and pause for a moment.]
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Now when the centurion who stood facing Him, saw how He had thus cried out and expired, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God." And some women were also there, looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James the Less and of Joseph and Salome. These used to accompany Him and minister to Him when He was in Galilee; besides many other women who had come with Him to Jerusalem.
Now when it was evening, as it was the Day of Preparation, that is, the eve of the Sabbath, there came Joseph of Arimathea, a councillor of high rank, who was himself looking for the kingdom of God. And he went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. But Pilate wondered whether He had already died. And sending for the centurion, he asked him whether He was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was, he granted the body to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen cloth and took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock. And he rolled a stone to the entrance of the sepulchre.