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Beit Sahour City Portal - Orthodox Shepherd’s Fields

Located in a small valley filled with olive trees, some of which date back 2,000 years, is a subterranean church dedicated to the Mother of God. Local Christians call the site Der Er-Ra'wat, meaning the Convent of the Shepherds. The site is revered as the spot where an angel surrounded by a supernatural light appeared to the bewildered shepherds and spoke: "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth, Peace Among Men."

Three of the shepherds to whom the angel announced the birth of Christ were buried in the west side of the Cave Church; their tomb is still visible. Today, only the crypt of the church remains. This dark subterranean chapel contains an altar facing eastward with a number of paintings and a small apse behind it. A new church was built near the site of the original 'cave church,’ on Christmas day, a parade with local clergy, scouts and Christian pilgrims from throughout the world make their way to the cave church.

source: http://www.beitsahourmunicipality.com/english/attractions.htm

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