57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest where the scribes and the presbyters were assembled. 58But Peter followed Jesus from a distance, to the court of the high priest. Having entered in, he sat with the officers to see [what would happen in] the end. 59Now, the chief priests, the presbyters, and the whole council were looking for a false witness against Jesus, so that they might put him to death, 60and they found none. Even though many false witnesses were coming forward, they found none [valid]. But at last, two false witnesses came forward, 61and they said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the sanctuary of God, and to build it in three days.’”
62The high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Do you not have any answer? What is this that these people testify against you?” 63But Jesus remained quiet. The high priest told him, “I adjure you by the living God, to tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
64Jesus replied, “You have said it! Nevertheless, I tell you that after this, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65Then the high priest tore his vestments and exclaimed, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy. 66What do you think?”
They answered, “He deserves death!” 67Then, they spit in his face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, O Christ! Who hit you?”
69As Peter was sitting outside in the court, a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus, the Galilean!”
70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”
71When he had gone out onto the porch, someone else saw him and said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72Again, Peter denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man!”
73After a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter, “Surely you are also one of them, for your speech reveals that you are [a Galilean].”
74Then, he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!”
Immediately, the rooster crowed. 75Then Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and wept bitterly.
You will hear this Gospel read at The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church during Holy Week, on Great and Holy Thursday. It is followed by the Gospel reading from John 18:28–19:16.
The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia.
About us. We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, which is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
All services are in the English language and the Service of Holy Thursday is held in the Main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population.
Parking in the University car parks is free after 7:00 pm, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking, these restrictions apply and are enforced.