Monday, December 26, 2022

Telling the Shepherds in the fields of Jesus' Birth

Illuminated Manuscript Annunciation to the Shepherds Gavin Hill MS 1 - Folio 57v-l  Here the shepherd's dog seems to be intrigued by the angel.

One of my favorite Christmas stories is the annunciation to the lowly shepherds of the birth of the baby Christ child.  That decision by the authors illustrated the symbolism of Jesus' birth.  Whom did the angels tell first? The community's outcasts, including some women working with the wool, who lived in the countryside year-round with dogs & sheep.  And Mary welcomed them to visit her new baby. Only later did the important nobles arrive. The common man came first, & these lovely little illustrations imagine the stunned herders hearing the news.