And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel1 of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.2 I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior3 has been born to you; he is Christa4 the Lord.512
This will be a sign6 to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace7 to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."