1 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; ♦
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
upon them the light has dawned.
2 You have increased their joy and given them great gladness; ♦
they rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest.
3 For you have shattered the yoke that burdened them; ♦
the collar that lay heavy on their shoulders.
4 For to us a child is born and to us a son is given, ♦
and the government will be upon his shoulder.
5 And his name will be called: Wonderful Counsellor;
the Mighty God; ♦
the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace.
6 Of the increase of his government and of peace ♦
there will be no end,
7 Upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, ♦
to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness.
8 From this time forth and for evermore; ♦
the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
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.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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