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And he shall purify the sons of Levi : and purge them as gold and silver ;
That they may offer unto the LORD : an offering in righteousness.
Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem : be pleasant unto the LORD;
As in the days of old : and as in former years.
Second Sunday in advent.
Isaiah xi. 1-9.
And there shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse : and a branch shall grow out of his roots;
And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him : the Spirit of wisdom and understanding ;
The Spirit of counsel and might : the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
And shall make him of quick understanding : in the fear of the LORD.
And he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes : neither reprove after the hearing of
his ears ;
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor : and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth;
And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth : and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins : and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb: and the leopard shall lie down with the kid :
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together : and a little child shall lead them.
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together : and the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp : and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy : in all my holy mountain ;
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD : as the waters cover the
Third Sunday in Advent.
Isaiah lxi. 1-6.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me: because the LORD hath anointed me
To preach good tidings unto the meek : he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted;
To proclaim liberty to the captives : and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD : and the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all that mourn : to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes : the oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise : for the spirit of heaviness ;
That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD : that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes : they shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the waste cities : the desolations of many generations.
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks : and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers;
But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD : men shall call you the Ministers of our God.
Isaiah xlii. 1-7. Behold my Servant whom I uphold : mine elect in whom my soul delighteth;
I have put my Spirit upon him : he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
He shall not cry, nor lift up : nor cause his voice to be heard in the street ;
A bruised reed shall he not break : and the smoking flax shall he not quench.
He shall bring forth judgment unto truth: he shall not fail nor be discouraged ;
Till he have set judgment in the earth : and the isles shall wait for his law.
Thus saith God the LORD : he that created the heavens and stretched them out ;
He that spread forth the earth : and that which cometh out of it ;
He that giveth breath to the people upon it : and spirit to them that walk therein ;
I the LORD have called thee in righteousness : and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee;
And give thee for a covenant of the people : for a light of the Gentiles ;
To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison : and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house.
Isaiah lx. 1-3. 10–12. 14. Arise, shine, for thy light is come : and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee;
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth : and gross darkness the people. But the LORD shall arise
thee : and his glory shall be seen upon thee;