THE SHEPHERDS- Details
Mary is holding Jesus, and is seated next to a kneeling Joseph. They are surrounded by animals, and are welcoming the local shepherds. The shepherds have come to see and pay homage to the new born baby Jesus. Fanciful patterned birds are seated on the manger's roof, and have also come to view the baby, as an angel and the Star of Bethlehem proclaim His birth. The low born, the commoners, and the animals are the first to recognize His coming.