CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Christmas Day is here, which means Christians worldwide are celebrating the birth of Christ.

Billions of people Sunday morning are observing Christmas by gift-giving and gathering with family and friends, but the holiday holds an important religious context in the Christian faith.

Christmas is an annual sacred Christian holiday on December 25th that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the spiritual leader and founder of Christianity. Family and friends come together and exchange gifts, reflect on the birth of their savior, and attend church services.

“Everyone who is celebrating the birth of Jesus today is celebrating with great joy and that’s what we need in this world is joy,” said Father Ryan Rooney.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Springfield held four services. A vigil mass and midnight mass on Christmas Eve. And then a 9:15 a.m. mass in English and 11:45 a.m. in Spanish, which Father Rooney tells 22News is the most popular.

“We still come out to celebrate the gift of our savior and the very real way he comes to us is which is in holy communion so the mass that we hear comes to us from Christ Mass we keep the mass in Christmas and that’s why we come,” said Rooney.

People went to Mass around the world and throughout Western Massachusetts including the dozens at Our lady of the sacred heart who braved the cold weather to celebrate a very merry Christmas.