Being the Thursday before Easter.
The Psalms Appointed
The Antiphon for the Benedictus
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, * Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xi. 17.
The Tract Ps 22:22-26
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.
The Gospel. St. Luke xxiii. 1.
¶ Or else this that followeth.
The Gospel. St. John xiii. 1.
NOW before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
The Psalms Appointed
The Antiphon for the Magnificat
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, * and said, Take, eat; this is my body.