Then he arose and went out of the grotto softly, making the threefold sign of reverence; and the eyes of Mary followed him with kind looks.
Joseph of Nazareth was still waiting outside the door.
“How was it that you did not see the angels?” he asked. “Were you not with the other shepherds?”
“No,” answered Ammiel, “I was asleep. But I have seen the mother and the child. Blessed be the house that holds them.”
“You are strangely clad for a shepherd,” said Joseph. “Where do you come from?”
“From a far country,” replied Ammiel; “from a country that you have never visited.”
“Where are you going now?” asked Joseph.
“I am going home,” answered Ammiel, “to my mother’s and my father’s house in Galilee.”
“Go in peace, friend,” said Joseph.
And the sad shepherd took up his battered staff, and went on his way rejoicing.