Although varying slightly, most churches in Shelby County will have some type of candlelight service for Christmas Eve, a long-standing tradition in most churches, pastors say.
Most will host the service tonight at 11, but there are some earlier ones, too, at 7 and even around 5.
“Our tradition is we have an evening mass at five-thirty with a focus on children and acting out the nativity,” said Fr. Mike Tobin, pastor of the Church of the Annunciation.
At 10:15, the choir gathers for hymns and the “midnight” mass begins at 11.