Another name on the Beit Sahour branch of East Jerusalem YMCA is the Shepherds field YMCA. The name was established because the property is also the site of a shepherds' grotto that was possibly used at the time of Jesus' birth. On Christmas Eve, YMCA invites members and others to meet for a service. It is also used for devotion at other occasions. At this place, away from the crowds at Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, it is easier to capture the scene of that night when shepherds saw the star that was to lead them to the Child.
The Shepherds and the Angels (Luke 2, 8-20)
"8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a
great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."