The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick

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Nativity with shepherds

Nativity with shepherds from the Antiphoner

An illuminated letter ‘H’ forms the basis of this Christmas Day antiphon. Mary kneels holding up her hands in astonishment at the Christ child lying naked in a blaze of gold leaf glory. Three shepherds peep into the manger and one is loosing his hat. Joseph is looking somewhat bemused. Unusually, he has a prominent position. In most representations of the nativity, he takes a back seat.

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