According to the Gospel of Luke (2:8-18):
| And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David the Saviour, which is the Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swddling clothes, lying in a manger.
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, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath
made ow known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying n a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saving which was told them concerning this child.
And all they had heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.