From Agnus Day
Shout for joy, daughter of Zion,
Israel, shout aloud!
Rejoice, exult with all your heart,
daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has repealed your sentence;
he has driven your enemies away.
The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst;
you have no more evil to fear.
When that day comes, word will come to Jerusalem:
Zion, have no fear,
do not let your hands fall limp.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a victorious warrior.
He will exult with joy over you,
he will renew you by his love;
he will dance with shouts of joy for you
as on a day of festival.
Today is Guadette Sunday from the Entrance verse that begins today’s mass.
“Rejoice (Gaudette) in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.
Zephaniah is reminding the exiles in Babylon that the LORD has forgiven and they will be restored to Zion and to rejoice. Paul, is reminding the Philipians to rejoince in our salvation. Today the Church reminds that like the exiles we have been redeemed by Christ and we should rejoice, first to celebrate His birth at Christmas and also our salvation in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!
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