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What the Shepherds Saw When the Light Shone Upon Them

Matthias Stom, “The Adoration of the Shepherds,” ca. 1650 (Turin)

“‘Arise, shine; for your light has come.’ Today, the Solemnity of Epiphany … in pointing to the light the prophet is pointing to Christ. As it shone for the shepherds seeking the newborn Messiah, so this light shines today on the path of the Magi.’ —Pope Benedict XVI