3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: 1st Reading

Zephaniah 3:14-18a

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
      Sing joyfully, O Israel!
   Be glad and exult with all your heart,
      O daughter Jerusalem!
   The LORD has removed the judgment against you
      he has turned away your enemies;
   the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
      you have no further misfortune to fear.
   On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
      Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
   The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
      a mighty savior;
   he will rejoice over you with gladness,
      and renew you in his love,
   he will sing joyfully because of you,
      as one sings at festivals.