The Feast of the Shepherds

This feast held in Beit Sahour which is approximately one kilometer east of Bethlehem.

It is the place where the Shepherds heard the angelic proclamation “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will” (Lk 2:14).

The procession, which starts at the Shepherds’ Field in Beit Sahour and ends in Manger Square, re-enacts the Shepherds’ trip to Bethlehem to venerate the newborn Jesus. This is the place where the angels appeared to the Shepherds and announced the birth of Jesus. In this cave, the Shepherds lived and were later buried in.

The Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Shepherds on December 25th. The faithful present their votive offerings and light candles after the Christmas prayers. The Greek Orthodox do the same on January 27th.

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