Isaiah 2:1-5

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, 
      and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.
Many peoples shall come and say,
    “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob;
     that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
     they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;
     nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
Hymn Reflection

Rejoice, rejoice, believers, and let your lights appear;
the evening is advancing, and darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising, and soon he draweth nigh;
up, pray, and watch, and wrestle: at midnight comes the cry.

See that your lamps are burning; replenish them with oil;
and wait for your salvation, the end of earthly toil.
The watchers on the mountain proclaim the Bridegroom near;
go meet him as he cometh, with alleluias clear.

O wise and holy virgins, now raise your voices higher,
until in songs of triumph ye meet the angel choir.
The marriage feast is waiting, the gates wide open stand;
rise up, ye heirs of glory, the Bridegroom is at hand.

Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear!
Arise, thou Sun so longed for, over this benighted sphere!
With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see
the day of earth’s redemption that brings us unto thee.

                                       Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722, tr. Sarah Findlater
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