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Gospel Reading - Anointing for burial

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1 When Jesus had finished this talk with his disciples, he told them,

2 “As you know, the Passover celebration begins in two days, and Ia shall be betrayed and crucified.”

3At that very moment the chief priests and other Jewish officials were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas the high priest, 4to discuss ways of capturing Jesus quietly and killing him. 5“But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “for there would be a riot.”

6Jesus now proceeded to Bethany, to the home of Simon the leper. 7While he was eating, a woman came in with a bottle of very expensive perfume and poured it over his head.

8-9The disciples were indignant. “What a waste of good money,” they said. “Why, she could have sold it for a fortune and given it to the poor.”

10Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Why are you criticizing her? For she has done a good thing to me. 11You will always have the poor among you, but you won’t always have me. 12She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. 13And she will always be remembered for this deed. The story of what she has done will be told throughout the whole world, wherever the Good News is preached.”

14Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles, went to the chief priests 15and asked, “How much will you pay me to get Jesus into your hands?” And they gave him thirty silver coins.

. . . . .Matthew 26:1-15
  1. Literally, “the Son of Man.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.