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The scene encapsulates the wonderful discovery the shepherds make of the Christ Child. Heaven comes down in the joyful announcements of “Peace on Earth” to the shepherds as musical vine work leads the eye from the angelic chorus through the shepherds, who “hurried off and found” Mary, Joseph and the Baby at the manger. The vine work suggests the Branch springing up from the family of David (Isaiah 11)–the Child whose Kingdom is Peace. Beneath the stable, we see the manger, a traditional symbol of the Eucharist, where both the ox and donkey know their “owner’s manger” (Isaiah 1:3) and come together–both clean and unclean–Jew and Gentile–to feed on life everlasting.