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Shepherds had been keeping watch over their flocks at night when the angel of the Lord brought them news that Christ had been born.

Guido Reni, 'The Adoration of the Shepherds', about 1640
Guido Reni, The Adoration of the Shepherds, about 1640 

In this painting we see the shepherds, young and old, crowding around the baby. A host of angels bear a scroll with the words they sang to the shepherds to announce the birth – Gloria In Eccelsis Deo (Glory to God in the Highest).

Guido Reni
about 1640
Guido Reni: 'The Adoration of the Shepherds'

Humble shepherds were not the only visitors who travelled to see the special baby.

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