December 13, 2011, First Reading

Feast of Saint Lucy

Book of the Prophet Zephaniah  3:1 – 2, 9 – 13

3:1 Woe to the provocatrix and the redeemed city, the dove.
3:2 She has not heeded the voice, nor has she accepted discipline. She has not trusted in the Lord; she did not draw near to her God.

 

3:9 For then I will restore to the people a chosen lip, so that all may invoke the name of the Lord and may serve him with one shoulder.
3:10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, my supplicants, the sons of my diaspora, will carry a gift to me.
3:11 In that day, you will not be ashamed over all of your inventions, by which you have transgressed against me. For then I will take away from your midst your arrogant boasters, and you will no longer be exalted on my holy mountain.
3:12 And I will bequeath into your midst a poor and needy people, and they will hope in the name of the Lord.
3:13 The remnant of Israel will not do iniquity, nor speak lies, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. For they will pasture and will recline, and there will be no one to strike them with terror.

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