Readings for 24th December 2021 – Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

Isaiah 9.2-7

2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors
  and all the garments rolled in blood
  shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born for us,
  a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
  and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 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 onwards and for evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.