A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
In days past, Our God degraded the land of Zebulun
and the land of Naphtali,
but in the end Our God has glorified the seaward road,
the land west of the Jordan, the district of the Gentiles.
Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness;
for there is no gloom where but now there was distress.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
As they rejoice before you at the harvest,
as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
the pole on their shoulder,
And the rod of their oppressor
you have smashed as at the defeat of Midian.
The Word of God recorded in the book of the prophet Isaiah.