¶ This is a participatory reading - by a Narrator, Reader,
and the Congregation as a whole. The congregation is asked to
read aloud that which is printed in bold letters. The
responses of "Glory be to thee, O Lord" and "Praise
be to thee, O Christ" are omitted.
Narrator: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according
to Saint Matthew. When the morning was come, all the chief
priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to
put him to death: and when they had bound him, they led him away,
and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas,
which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented
himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the
chief priests and elders, saying,
Reader: I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent
Narrator: And they said,
Congregation: What is that to us? See thou to that.
Narrator: And he cast down the pieces of silver in
the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the
chief priests took the silver pieces, and said,
Congregation: It is not lawful for to put them
into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
Narrator: And they took counsel, and bought with them
the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field
was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled
that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they
took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued,
whom they of the children of Israel did value; and gave them
for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me. And Jesus stood
before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying,
Reader: Art thou the King of the Jews?
Narrator: And Jesus said unto him,
Jesus: Thou sayest
Narrator: And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders,
he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him,
Reader: Hearest thou not how many things they witness against
Narrator: And he answered him to never a word; insomuch
that the governor marvelled greatly. Now at that feast the governor
was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas: Therefore
when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them,
Reader: Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus
which is called Christ?
Narrator: For he knew that for envy they had delivered
him. When he was set down on the judgment-seat, his wife sent
unto him, saying,
Reader: Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for
I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
Narrator: But the chief priests and elders persuaded the
multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus: The
governor answered and said unto them,
Reader: Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto
Narrator: They said,
Narrator:Pilate saith unto them,
Reader: What shall I do then with Jesus which is called
Narrator:They all say unto him,
Congregation: Let him be crucified.
Narrator:And the governor said,
Reader: Why, what evil hath he done?
Narrator: But they cried out the more, saying,
Congregation: Let him be crucified.
Narrator: When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing,
but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed
his hands before the multitude, saying,
Reader: I am innocent of the blood of this just person:
see ye to it.
Narrator: Then answered all the people, and said,
Congregation: His blood be on us, and on our children.
Narrator: Then released he Barabbas unto them: and
when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common
hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they
stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had
platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed
in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and ,
Congregation:Hail, king of the Jews!
Narrator: And they spit upon him, and took the reed,
and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him,
they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him,
and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found
a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his
cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha,
that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to
drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would
not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting
lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they
cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; and set up
over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King
Of The Jews. Then there were two thieves crucified with him,
one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that
passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying,
Congregation: Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest
it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come
down from the cross.
Narrator: Likewise also the chief priests mocking
him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Congregation: He saved others; himself he cannot save.
If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross,
and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him
now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Narrator: The thieves also, which were crucified with
him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there
was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about
the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice saying,
Jesus: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
Narrator: that is to say,
Jesus: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Narrator: Some of them that stood there, when they heard that,
Congregation: This man calleth for Elias.
Narrator: And straightway one of them ran, and took
a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and
gave him to drink. The rest said,
Congregation: Let be, let us see whether Elias will
come to save him.
Narrator: Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice,
yielded up the ghost.
¶ All kneel. After a short pause, stand, then the passion
Narrator: And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain
from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the
rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the
saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his
resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto
many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching
Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they
feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.