The 21st Day of Advent.
Rejoice and exult!
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgements against you,
he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall fear disaster no more.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands grow weak.
The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you,
so that you will not bear reproach for it.
I will deal with all your oppressors
at that time.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you home,
at the time when I gather you;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes, says the Lord.
Joy: Oh joy, joy, joy in my soul!
who at your Son’s first coming sent your messenger
to prepare the way before him:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready his way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at his second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in his sight;
for he is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.