Sunday Sermons

         

The Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ Easter 2019

 

 

 

 

                              WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

 

The Church of the Good Shepherd, an Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion, is a culturally-diverse and multi-generational congregation.  The Good Shepherd family extends a warm welcome to you visiting with us this morning to Celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We pray that our worship will be a source of spiritual inspiration.  If you do not have a church home, we invite you to join our faith community.

 

By joining us this Sunday, and each week, you give witness to the continued truth of Christ's presence in the world.  Together we can proclaim the Good News that Our Jesus Is Alive, Alive, Alive Forever more. He has robbed the grave, death and Satan the enemy of humanity and reconciled us to the Father dying once for all so that we might no longer live for ourselves alone but for Him who died and Rose that we may be freed from the bondage of sin and death.

 

 

 

 

Last evening at The Great Vigil of Easter we begin with the Service of Light where we kindle a new fire outside the door of the church. We blessed the Paschal Candle and processed together inside the church. We stop 3 times and declare The Light of Christ. The three stops parallel the three times Jesus fell when carrying the cross to Calvary.  With candles lit we hear the singing of the Exultet, REJOICE.

 

In the second part of the service the Liturgy of the Word we listened to scriptures that trace Salvation History, God present and acting in our world and on our behalf since the foundation of the universe. We recited psalms, sing hymns keep silence and offer prayers.

 

In the third part of the service in  The Baptismal Liturgy we processed to the font to offer Thanksgiving and Blessings of Water that will be used in baptism.

 

The fourth part of the service The First Eucharist of Easter after we sing or recite the Great Litany the candles on the altar are lit. At the conclusion the Priest says or sings The Easter Declaration. All candles lit, all lights are on, all the bells are rung and we sing out Gloria in Excelsis as we enter fully into the Holy Eucharist, with liturgy of the word, sermon, the peace, Holy communion, blessing and dismissal.

 

The Great Vigil is considered the Mother of All liturgy throughout the church. Every Eucharist flows from this first Eucharistic Celebration. Today's liturgy consists of what typically happens on a Sunday only our atmosphere much more festive. At the 9am we will renew our baptismal promises and at the 11am we will indeed welcome a new member into the faith in the celebration of Holy Baptism.

 

Celebrant        Alleluia.  Christ is risen.

People            The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People            And also with you.

Celebrant        Let us pray.

 

The Celebrant says or sings the Collect.

 

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:  Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

 

A Reading from The Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43

 

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles:  "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.  You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.  That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.  We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem.  They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.  He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.  All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of the sins through his name."

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

 

1          Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *

his mercy endures for ever.

2          Let Israel now proclaim, *

"His mercy endures for ever."

14        The Lord is my strength and my song, *

and he has become my salvation.

15        There is a sound of exultation and victory *

in the tents of the righteous:

16        "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! *

the right hand of the Lord is exalted!

the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

17        I shall not die, but live, *

and declare the works of the Lord.

18        The Lord has punished me sorely, *

but he did not hand me over to death.

19        Open for me the gates of righteousness; *

I will enter them;

I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20        "This is the gate of the Lord; *

he who is righteous may enter."

21        I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *

and have become my salvation.

22        The same stone which the builders rejected *

has become the chief cornerstone.

23        This is the Lord's doing, *

and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24        On this day the Lord has acted; *

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

 

A Reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians                                               15:19-26

 

If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.  For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.  But each in his own order:  Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.  Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The people stand at the procession, as able.

SEQUENCE HYMN                                                                     We Know that Christ is Raised

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke                               24:1-12

 

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.  While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them,  "Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again."  Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.  Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles.  But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.  But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Christ.

 

The Sermon

 

THE BAPTISMAL LITURGY

 

Parents and Godparents           I present N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

 

Celebrant                                 Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is

brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents           I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant                                 Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the

full stature of Christ?

Parents and Godparents           I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant                                 Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?

Parents and Godparents           I renounce them.

 

Celebrant                                 Do you renounce the evil powers of this world, which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Parents and Godparents           I renounce them.

 

Celebrant                                 Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?

Parents and Godparents           I renounce them.

 

Celebrant                                 Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?

Parents and Godparents           I do.

 

Celebrant                                 Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Parents and Godparents           I do.

 

Celebrant                                 Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?

Parents and Godparents           I do.

 

 

The Baptismal Covenant

 

Celebrant         Do you believe in God the Father?

People            I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

 

Celebrant         Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People            I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

Celebrant         Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People            I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

 

Celebrant         Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the

bread, and in the prayers?

People            I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant         Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People            I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant         Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People            I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant         Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People            I will, with God's help.

 

Celebrant         Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People            I will, with God's help.

 

 

 

Prayers for the Candidates

 

The Celebrant then says to the congregation

 

Let us now pray for these persons who are to receive the Sacrament of new birth Kyson Jossiah Marsh and Averi Alizalove Larrier

 

A person appointed leads the following petitions

 

Leader              Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader              Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader              Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader              Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader              Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader              Send them into the world in witness to your love.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader              Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People            Lord, hear our prayer.

 

The Celebrant says

 

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and forever.  Amen.

 

PROCESSION TO THE FONT                                                   Wade in the Water (Vs 1 & 2)

The Baptism

 

N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

 

When this action has been completed for all candidates, the Bishop or Priest, at a place in full sight of the congregation, prays over them, saying

 

Let us pray.

 

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of
grace.  Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit.  Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy
and wonder in all your works.

Amen.

 

Then the Bishop or Priest places a hand on the person's head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross [using Chrism if desired] and saying to each one

 

N., you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever.

Amen.

 

Or this action may be done immediately after the administration of the water and before the preceding prayer.


When all have been baptized, the Celebrant says

 

Let us welcome the newly baptized.

 

Celebrant and People

We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priestho

 

PROCESSION FROM THE FONT                                                                       Guide My Feet

 

 

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THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

4401 MATILDA AVENUE

BRONX, NY 10470

(An Anglican/Episcopal Parish of the Diocese of New York)

GOOD FRIDAY

 

 

 

 

The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated in the afternoon.  It is a continuation of the Maundy Thursday Liturgy and begins in silence as the night before ended in silence.

 

The Liturgy of Good Friday has four parts: 1) The Word of God (with Passion according to John; 2) the Solemn Collects ; 3) the bringing in of the Cross and Veneration; and 4) Communion from the reserved Sacrament.

 

As is our custom, all that wish to participate in the Veneration of the Cross may do so, you may bow, kneel, touch the cross, or kiss the cross whichever method best expresses your devotion.

 

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday will be followed by a service of scripture, silence, reflections on the seven last words of Jesus from the Cross and song.

 

Though we shall depart in silence at the conclusion of the service please find a suitable opportunity in the next few days to offer a word of thanks to each of the members of the congregation who have offered their reflection on a word.

 

 

The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

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Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

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The Liturgy of the Palms

Luke 19:28-40

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The Liturgy of the Word

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Philippians 2:5-11

Luke 22:14-23:56

or Luke 23:1-49

Psalm 31:9-16

at The Liturgy of the Palms

The Gospel

Luke 19:28-40

After telling a parable to the crowd at Jericho, Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it.'" So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" They said, "The Lord needs it." Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,

"Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!

Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!"

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."

The Response

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Confitemini Domino

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.

20 "This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."

21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! *
Lord, send us now success.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
we bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

28 "You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you."

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

at The Liturgy of the Word

The Collect

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,

that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.

Morning by morning he wakens--
wakens my ear 
to listen as those who are taught.

The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious, 
I did not turn backward.

I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;

I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;

therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 
he who vindicates me is near.

Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.

Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.

It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?

The Response

Psalm 31:9-16

In te, Domine, speravi

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
and also my throat and my belly.

10 For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction,
and my bones are consumed.

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.

12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.

13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me;
they plot to take my life.

14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. *
I have said, "You are my God.

15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."

The Epistle

Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God 
as something to be exploited,

but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, 
being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form,
he humbled himself 
and became obedient to the point of death-- 
even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name 
that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.

The Gospel

Luke 22:14-23:56

When the hour for the Passover meal came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!" Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this.

A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

"You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

"Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." And he said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!" Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me."

He said to them, "When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "No, not a thing." He said to them, "But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, `And he was counted among the lawless'; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled." They said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." He replied, "It is enough."

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not come into the time of trial." Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done." Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial."

While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?" When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?" Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!"

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, "This man also was with him." But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him." A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, "You also are one of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not!" Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, "Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean." But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.

Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" They kept heaping many other insults on him.

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us." He replied, "If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." All of them asked, "Are you, then, the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say that I am." Then they said, "What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!"

Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king." Then Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He answered, "You say so." Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no basis for an accusation against this man." But they were insistent and said, "He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place."

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.

Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him."

Then they all shouted out together, "Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!" (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!" A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him." But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover us.' For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, "Certainly this man was innocent." And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.

On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

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Luke 23:1-49

The assembly of the elders of the people rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king." Then Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He answered, "You say so." Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no basis for an accusation against this man." But they were insistent and said, "He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place."

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.

Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him."

Then they all shouted out together, "Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!" (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!" A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him." But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover us.' For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, "Certainly this man was innocent." And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

 

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