Isaiah 9:2-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.


            Unbridled, savage darkness now is broken.

            Power has new meaning:  Light has come!

            Burdens now are banished – sweet freedom’s song

            echoes from the lips of joyous reapers:

                        He is here!  He is now! 

                        He is given for you!

                                    Take peace.

                                    Take justice.

                                    Take heart.


Give us reason to rejoice once again in your liberating presence,
O Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!