Adoration of the Shepherds

  Adoration of the Shepherds

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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about 1880
Two-light window.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: William Wailes

Church of St Mary, Angle, Pembrokeshire
north wall

Given in memory of John and Elizabeth Mirehouse d.1850 and d.1880.

The stated text is Isaiah 9:6, taken as a prophecy of the birth of Jesus (a text popularized by the libretto of Handel's 'Messiah'). The adoration of the shepherds (Luke 2) includes a figure carrying a sheep on his shoulders, probably a reference to Jesus' parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:6). The composition also includes the star, more appropriately associated with the adoration of the magi (Matthew 2:9-10). On the roof of the stable are two doves, a reference to the offering made by the poor at the Temple at the birth of the firstborn (Luke 2:24) and associated with the presentation of Christ.


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Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Pembrokeshire (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2004), p. 123.

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Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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