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Luke 2:8-14

The Shepherds and their flock are sprawled on a hill on the right. The angel herald addresses them with one hand and raises his other palm to heaven. The first shepherd raises his palm frontally in surprise, like the Virgin at her Annunciation. The heavenly choir, looking both up and down, in a theatrically explicit manner proclaim ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men’ (Luke, 2:14). They are separated from the messenger by a triple- lobed golden cloud.

The separation of the heavenly host from the messenger is found in Carolingian and Anglo-Saxon precursors, like the Missal of Robert of Jumièges (Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS.Y.6; AP, 55,82).

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