The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice, •
the desert shall blossom and burst into song.
They shall see the glory of the Lord, •
the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weary hands, •
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to the anxious, ‘Be strong, fear not,
your God is coming with judgement, •
coming with judgement to save you.’
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, •
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
Then shall the lame leap like a hart, •
and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, •
and streams in the desert;
The ransomed of the Lord shall return with singing, •
with everlasting joy upon their heads.
Joy and gladness shall be theirs, •
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Isaiah 35:1, 2b-4a, 4c-6, 10