Old Testament: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
Merciful God of peace, your work, spoken by the prophets, restores your people's life and hope. Fill our hearts with the joy of your saving grace, that we may hold fast to your great goodness and in our lives proclaim your justice in all the world. Amen.
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