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First Reading for the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

Isaiah 62:1-5

For the Vigil Mass

Summary: I will advocate for Zion until her righteousness and glory are evident. Renamed and honored by the Lord, she will no longer be forsaken but rejoiced over like a cherished bride.

Zion’s Glorious Future

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD.

You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God.

No more shall people call you “Forsaken,” or your land “Desolate,” but you shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.”

For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse.

As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.

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