Wednesday, December 27, 2023

When Jesus is Born, Angels Tell the Local Shepherds 1st


Illuminated Manuscript Annunciation to the Shepherds of the Birth of The Christ Child  
Bean MS2 - Folio 75l Shepherds with their dogs and pipes.

One of my favorite Christmas stories is the angels being sent to announce to the lowly shepherds the birth of the baby Christ child. 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, and these lovely little illustrations imagine the stunned herders hearing the news.