Third Sunday of Advent, Year B, First Reading:

Extracted from the Prophet Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for the Lord has anointed me.

He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken;

to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison;

to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.

‘I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God,

for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation,

he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity,

like a bridegroom wearing his wreath, like a bride adorned in her jewels.

‘For as the earth makes fresh things grow, as a garden makes seeds spring up,

so will the Lord make both integrity and praise spring up in the sight of the nations.’



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11 January 2015