Christmas – The Nativity of the Lord – Mass During the Night: 1st Reading

Isaiah 9:1-6

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 as 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 taskmaster
      you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
   For every boot that tramped in battle,
      every cloak rolled in blood,
      will be burned as fuel for flames.
   For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
      upon his shoulder dominion rests.
   They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
      Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
   His dominion is vast
      and forever peaceful,
   from David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
      which he confirms and sustains
   by judgment and justice,
      both now and forever.
   The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!