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Readings for the 1st Sunday of Christmas: Isaiah 61.10-62.5

This Sunday’s Old Testament reading comes from Isaiah 61:10-62:5 (NRSV):

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, 
my whole being shall exult in my God; 
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, 
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, 
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 
For as the earth brings forth its shoots, 
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, 
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise 
to spring up before all the nations. 
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, 
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, 
until her vindication shines out like the dawn, 
and her salvation like a burning torch. 
The nations shall see your vindication, 
and all the kings your glory; 
and you shall be called by a new name 
that the mouth of the Lord will give. 
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, 
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you, 
and your land shall be married. 
For as a young man marries a young woman, 
so shall your builder marry you, 
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, 
so shall your God rejoice over you.