Saturday 25 January 2020

Mass readings in Scots: Third Sunday of the Year (Year A)

First reading
Isaiah 8: 23 - 9: 3

Bot the mirk sal be nane o' the sort, was ance whan scho gied sic a swee; lang syne, whan he laighen'd the lan' athort, by Zab- 'lun an' the Naphtali airt; an' syne heize'd it heigh eneugh on by the sea, owre Jordan-side and hethen Galilee.

The folk that gaed lang i' the gloam,
sic a bleeze o' light they hae seen;
an' wha won'd i' the deid-mirk holm,
the light it comes down on their een.
The folk ye hae doubled forby,
an' gien them a hansel o' joy;
they're fain afore thee,
as wi' hairstin glee,
an' as rievers are blythe at pairtin the ploy.
For the bunemaist girth o' his lade,
an' the brank on his shouthir blade,
an' the rung i' the taksman's nieve was owre him ay sae stieve;
ye hae flinder'd their three-fauld ban',
as ance i' the day o' Midian.

[From Isaiah frae Hebrew intil Scottis, by P. Hately Waddell 1879 (Amazon US here; Amazon UK here)  Google books here]

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 26: 1, 4, 13-14

THE Lord is my light an' my lown;
o' wham sal I be fley'd?
The Lord is the stoop o' my life,
o' wham sal I hae dread?

Ae thing frae the Lord hae I sought;
an' the like I maun warsle to win:
till bide i' the houss o' the Lord,
a' days o' my life to rin;
till glow'r on the skance o' the Lord,
an' till spier in his ain halie hame. 

O the gude o' the Lord,
i' the lan' o' the live, gin I had-na lippen'd till see!
Bide ay on the Lord himlane; be bauld, an' yer heart sal thrive:
e'en sae, on the Lord bide ye!

[From Psalm 27, The Psalms: frae Hebrew intil Scottis P. Hately Waddell (1891) here]

Second reading
1 Corinthians 1: 10-13, 17

But I entreat ye, brethren, by the name o’ oor Lord Jesus Christ, that ye a’ speak as ane, and that thar be-na amang ye diveesions; but raither that ye be perfetely joined thegither i’ the same mind, and the like conclusions. For it has been signify’t to me, anent ye, my brethren, by thae o' Chloe, that strifes are amang ye. But this, say I, that ilk ane o’ ye says, “I am o’ Paul;” and “I am o’ Apollos;” and “I o' Peter;” and “I o’ Christ.” Has Christ been sinder’t? Was Paul crucify’t in yere behauf? Or intil Paul’s name war ye bapteez’t?

For Christ sent-mena to bapteeze, but to gie oot the Joyfu’-message; no in wisdom o’ speech, least the cross o’ Christ soud be made less o’.

[From The New Testament in Braid Scots William Wye Smith (1904) here]

Gospel reading
Matthew 4: 12-23

Now whan Jesus had hear’t that John was coost intil prison, he gaed awa intil Galilee. An’ leavin’ Nazareth, he cam’ an’ dwalt in Capernaum, whilk is upon the sea-coast, in the marches o’ Zabulon an’ Nephthalim; that it micht be fulfillet whilk was spoken by Esaias the prophet, sayin’,

The lan’ o’ Zabulon, an’ the lan’ o’ Nephthalim,
by the way o’ the sea ayont Jordan
in Galilee o’ the Gentiles;
The folk wha sat in mirkness saw great licht;
an’ til thae wha sat in the region an’ skaddow o’ death
licht is sprung up.

Frae that time Jesus begoude to preach an’ to say, Repent; for the kingdom o’ heaven is at han’.

An’ Jesus, gangin’ by the sea o’ Galilee, saw twa brithren, Simon ca’d Peter, an’ Andrew his brither, castin’ a net intil the sea, (for they were fishers.) An’ he saith until them, Follow me, an’ I will mak’ ye fishers o’ men. An’ they straughtway quat their nets, an’ followet him.

An’ gangin’ on frae there, he saw ither twa brithren, James the son o’ Zebedee, an’ John his brither, in a ship wi’ Zebedee their father, mendin’ their nets; an’ be ca’d them. An’ they straughtway quat the ship an’ their father, an’ followet him. An’ Jesus gaed about a’ Galilee, teachin’ in their synagogues, an’ preachin’ the gospel o’ the kingdom, an’ healin’ a’ kin’kind o’ ailment an’ disease amang the folk.

[From The Gospel of St. Matthew, Translated Into Lowland Scotch, by George Henderson (1862) here]

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