Shepherds Hear about the Birth of Jesus

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Shepherds Hear about the Birth of Jesus

Shepherds hear about the birth of JesusOur Saviour was born in Bethlehem.  Near the town were many pastures where shepherds took care of their sheep.  Some of the shepherds were not asleep on that night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them,” Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.” (Luke 2:9-10)  The angel told the shepherds that a Babe* is born in the town of David, Who is Christ the Lord, the Saviour of mankind.  The Babe is wrapped and lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased!” (2:13-14)

Then the heavenly messengers disappeared.  At hearing this joyous news, the shepherds decided to go to Bethlehem and see the Holy Child.  And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. (2:16)  The shepherds glorified and praised God for all they had seen and heard.  But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. (2:19)  When the shepherds returned, they told everybody about the Child Whom they saw.  And the people who heard them marveled (дивились, изумлялись) at this news.

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* В Евангелии на английском языке в значении Святой Младенец употребляется слово Babe.