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Adoration of the Shepherds

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 26, 2016

Greetings!: This is a continuation of an Advent reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the first post in this series: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader.
Originally published in 2008 as part of the Life of Mary series. This post was updated on Dec 26, 2013. Remember to have your bibles ready!

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O come let us adore Him!

O come let us adore Him!

Note: In this as in other great mysteries of the Blessed Virgin’s life which she herself described to the mystics, quotations from her own words are printed in italics.

[Biblical Passages will follow in BOLD black print when they apply.]

Chapter 14: The Adoration of the Shepherds

The thrilling and consoling news of the birth Messiah was immediately announced by the holy angels to a small number of chosen souls…[an] angel informed St. Elizabeth and her baby who clearly expressed his joy by waving his little arms.  His mother at once sent one of her servants to Bethlehem with some money and linen for Mary.

The mystery of the Saviour’s birth was revealed to the holy old priest Simeon and to Anna, Mary’s former teacher, in the Temple in Jerusalem. In the Orient, each of the three Magi was enlightened by angels concerning the Incarnation of the Redeemer of mankind, which they had long expected, and perceiving the mystic star, they set out on their pilgrimage to the…new born King of kings.

There were shepherds in the field...

There were shepherds in the field…

But of all the human race those who merited to be the first to see the Christ Child were the poor, humble, and devout shepherds of Bethlehem…

During this holy night, three of their leaders, while watching over their flocks in the fields…

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  ~Luke 2:8

…[they] noticed with amazement a strange, luminous cloud hovering above the hill in which the cave and manger were located. And as they were staring…a bright light came toward them, bathing them in its celestial radiance…within the light they perceived the splendid Archangel Gabriel in human form…these simple men were with intense fear, until Gabriel said to them…

Behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy...

Behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy…

“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. For there has been born to you today, in the town of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around 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; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  ~Lk 2:9-12

While he was speaking, the radiance around him became still brighter, revealing seven other great angels of extraordinary beauty, and then a whole multitude of the heavenly host, all praising God and chanting in sweet harmony, to a joyful melody:

For in the city of David, there is born for you a Savior...

For in the city of David, there is born for you a Savior…

“Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace to Men of Good Will!”

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!” ~Lk 2:13-14

And these good men said to one eagerly: “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Lk 2:15

Only toward dawn did they find the grotto-stable and knock timidly at its entrance. St. Joseph… opened the door and welcomed them. They told him what the angels had announced to them during the night, and they said that they had come to offer their gifts and veneration to the divine Child.

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  ~Lk 2:16-18

Then [Joseph] led the shepherds into the grotto, where the Blessed Mother of God was sitting on the ground beside the crib in which the beautiful Babe of Bethlehem was lying.  And as they gazed down at the tiny Jesus, He looked at them, and from His radiant little face and eyes a current of divine love streamed forth and touched the hearts of those poor but fortunate men… renewing them…with a new grace and understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation…

And this will be a sign for you. You will find an infant ...lying in a manger.

And this will be a sign for you. You will find an infant …lying in a manger.

Still holding their shepherd’s staffs in their hands, they very humbly knelt down before the Infant Jesus…[and] weeping tears of joy…they adored their God…[and] they began to sing together the words and melody which the angel had taught them.

Meanwhile…the Mother of God modestly observed all that they did and felt… And when they had finished singing…she spoke to them, urging them to persevere in the love and service of the Lord.  They stayed in the cave from down until noon…each of them in turn [were allowed] to hold the divine Babe for a moment…Then they left, filled with heavenly consolation and understanding, “glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen…”

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. ~Lk 2:20

“But Mary kept in mind all these words, pondering them in her heart.”

But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. ~Lk 2:19

[emphasis added]

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Kissing the face of God...

Kissing the face of God…

SPEAKING OF THE NATIVITY, THE MOTHER OF GOD SAID TO VENERABLE MOTHER MARY OF AGREDA

“Who would be so hardened as not to be moved to tenderness the sight of their God become man, humiliated in poverty, despised, unknown, entering the world in a cave, lying on a manger surrounded by brute animals, protected only by a poverty-stricken Mother, and cast off by the foolish arrogance of the world?

Who will dare to love the vanity and pride which was openly scorned and condemned by the Creator of heaven and earth in His actions?

No one should despise the humility, poverty, and indigence which the Lord loved and chose for Himself as the very means of teaching the way of Eternal Life. Few there are who stop to consider this truth and this example, and as a result of this rank ingratitude, only the few reap the fruit of these great mysteries.”

Previous Posts:

Anne & Joachim
Nativity (Birth) of Mary
Infancy of Mary
Presentation/Service to the Temple
* Part I
* Part II
In The Temple
The Espousals
Preparation for the Annunciation
* Part I
* Part II
* Part III
The Annunciation

The Visitation
Trials in Nazareth
Journey to Bethlehem
Birth of Jesus

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