Queanbeyan and District Anglican Church
Queanbeyan, Karabar, Burra, Michelago, Jerrabomberra, Googong
Old Testament  - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Lamentations 1.1-6

1 How lonely sits the city
     that once was full of people!
How like a widow she has become,
     she that was great among the nations!
She that was a princess among the provinces
     has become a vassal.
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
     with tears on her cheeks;
among all her lovers
     she has no one to comfort her;
all her friends have dealt treacherously with her,
     they have become her enemies.
3 Judah has gone into exile with suffering
     and hard servitude;
she lives now among the nations,
     and finds no resting-place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
     in the midst of her distress.
4 The roads to Zion mourn,
     for no one comes to the festivals;
all her gates are desolate,
     her priests groan;
her young girls grieve,
     and her lot is bitter.
5 Her foes have become the masters,
     her enemies prosper,
because the Lord has made her suffer
     for the multitude of her transgressions;
her children have gone away,
     captives before the foe.
6 From daughter Zion has departed
     all her majesty.
Her princes have become like stags
     that find no pasture;
they fled without strength
     before the pursuer.