| Latin text
1. Non in die festo,
ne forte tumultus fieret in populo.
2. Ut quid perditio haec? potuit
enim unguentum istud venumdari multo,
et dari pauperibus.
3. Ubi vis paremus tibi comedere pascha?
| English translation|
(as given in CPDL 11202)
[Based on 1. "…ne forte…"] The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
At that time one of the twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver and from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
On the first day of the Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus saying:
3. "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"
He said: "Go into the city, to a certain man, and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My time is near, I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'"
So the disciples did as Jesus directed them and they prepared the Passover meal.
When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve, and when they were eating, he said: "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me."
And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another: "Surely not I, Lord?"
He answered: "The one who has dipped his hands into the bowl with me will betray me.
The Son of Man goes as it is written of him; but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born."
Judas, who betrayed him, said: "Surely not I, Rabbi?" He replied: "You have said so".
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and, after blessing it, he broke it, gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is my body."
Then he took the cup and, after giving thanks, gave it to them saying: "Drink from 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 will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's Kingdom."
When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them: "You will all become deserters 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 ahead of you to Galilee."
Peter said to him: "Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you".
Jesus said to him: "Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times."
Peter said to him: "Even though 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 Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples: "Sit here, while I go over there and pray."
He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and he began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them: "I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here and stay awake with me."
And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed. "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet not what I want but what you want."
Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter: "So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Again he went away for the second time and prayed, saying: "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done."
Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy.
So living them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them: "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand."
While he was still speaking, Judas - one of the twelve – arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
Now the betrayer had given them a sign saying: "The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him." At once he came up to Jesus and said: "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
Jesus said to him: "Friend, do what you are here to do." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him: "Put your sword back into its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and He will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?"
At that hour, Jesus said to the crowds: "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the Temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled."
Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.