Shepherds were in the fields near Bethlehem. They were taking turns watching their flock during the night. An angel from the Lord suddenly appeared to them. The glory of the Lord filled the area with light, and they were terrified. The angel said to them, 'Don't be afraid! I have good news for you, a message that will fill everyone with joy. Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in David's city. This is how you will recognize him: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.'
Suddenly, a large army of angels appeared with the angel. They were praising God by saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those who have his good will!'
The angels left them and went back to heaven. The shepherds said to each other, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.'
They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby, who was lying in a manger. When they saw the child, they repeated what they had been told about him. Everyone who heard the shepherds' story was amazed.
...As the shepherds returned to their flock, they glorified and praised God for everything they had seen an heard. Everything happened the way the angel had told them.