The first part of the history of the passion of Christ.
 Now the feast of the pasch, and of the Azymes was after two days; and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might by some wile lay hold on him, and kill him.
 But they said: Not on the festival day, lest there should be a tumult among the people.
 And when he was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, and was at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of precious spikenard: and breaking the alabaster box, she poured it out upon his head.
 Now there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said: Why was this waste of the ointment made?
 For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
 "Azymes": That is, the feast of the unleavened bread.
 But Jesus said: Let her alone, why do you molest her? She hath wrought a good work upon me.
 For the poor you have always with you: and whensoever you will, you may do them good: but me you have not always.
 She hath done what she could: she is come beforehand to anoint my body for burial.
 Amen, I say to you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done, shall be told for a memorial of her.
 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests, to betray him to them.
 Who hearing it were glad; and they promised him they would give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
 Now on the first day of the unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the pasch, the disciples say to him: Whither wilt thou that we go, and prepare for thee to eat the pasch?
 And he sendeth two of his disciples, and saith to them: Go ye into the city; and there shall meet you a man carrying a pitcher of water, follow him;
 And whithersoever he shall go in, say to the master of the house, The master saith, Where is my refectory, where I may eat the pasch with my disciples?
 And he will shew you a large dining room furnished; and there prepare ye for us.
 And his disciples went their way, and came into the city; and they found as he had told them, and they prepared the pasch.
 And when evening was come, he cometh with the twelve.
 And when they were at table and eating, Jesus saith: Amen I say to you, one of you that eateth with me shall betray me.
 But they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one: Is it I?
 Who saith to them: One of the twelve, who dippeth with me his hand in the dish.
 And the Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed. It were better for him, if that man had not been born.
 And whilst they were eating, Jesus took bread; and blessing, broke, and gave to them, and said: Take ye. This is my body.
 And having taken the chalice, giving thanks, he gave it to them. And they all drank of it.
 And he said to them: This is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many.
 Amen I say to you, that I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new in the kingdom of God.
 And when they had said an hymn, they went forth to the mount of Olives.
 And Jesus saith to them: You will all be scandalized in my regard this night; for it is written, I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be dispersed.
 But after I shall be risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
 But he denied, saying: I neither know nor understand what thou sayest. And he went forth before the court; and the cock crew.
 And again a maidservant seeing him, began to say to the standers by: This is one of them.
 But he denied again. And after a while they that stood by said again to Peter: Surely thou art one of them; for thou art also a Galilean.
 But he began to curse and to swear, saying; I know not this man of whom you speak.
 And immediately the cock crew again. And Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said unto him: Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt thrice deny me. And he began to weep.