In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
â€˜Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.â€™
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: â€˜Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!â€™
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: â€˜Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.â€™ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, â€˜Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?â€™ And I said, â€˜Here am I; send me!â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.