Ceremony's across the Grand Valley took place on Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ, with one congregation gathering right at the stroke of midnight.
Music, prayer and people filled St. Joseph's catholic church in Grand Junction to usher in Christmas and the birth of Christ, but everyone had their own reasons for attending.
The midnight mass is an elaborate celebration and tradition as the annual service spans generations.
The story of Christ's birth is well known by nearly everyone, but within the story there are lessons as well.
The hour-long service stretched well past many bedtimes and along with celebrating Christmas, it's also an opportunity for those not so devout to religion to renew their faith.
St. Joseph's will also be holding a midnight mass to ring in the new year as well.