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Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

Matthew 26:21-39 (Holy Thursday)

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Matthew 26:21-39 (Holy Thursday)

The Lord said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me." And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?" He answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me.  The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born."  Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Is it I, Master?" He said to him, "You have said so."  Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you;  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of me this night; for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."  Peter declared to him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away."  Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."  Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." And so said all the disciples.  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsem'ane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I go yonder and pray."  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zeb'edee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.  Then he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me."  And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." 

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