Second Reading: Revelation 7:9, 14-17

A reading from the book of Revelation.

I, John, saw before me a huge crowd which no one could count from every nation and race, people and tongue.  They stood before the throne and the Lamb, dressed in long white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

Then one of the elders said to me:  “These are the ones who have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

“It was this that brought them before God’s throne:

The One to whom they minister day and night in the temple,

The One who sits on the throne will give them shelter.

Never again shall they know hunger or thirst,

nor shall the sun or its heat beat down on them,

for the Lamb on the throne will shepherd them,

Leading them to springs of life-giving water,

and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

The Word of God recorded in the book of Revelation.