Tree lighting celebrates Feast of Immaculate Conception

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Immaculate Conception in Knoxville marked a holy day in the Catholic religion on Thursday. 

Parishners gathered in front of the church on Thursday night for the lighting of the Christmas tress and followed it with a mass. 

Thursday celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is a time to remember the Virgin Mary's conception.

"You can see the front of the church from quite a distance, and the church is built on what was then the highest point of the city and sort of dominates the downtown skyline, so we thought it would be nice to have a Christmas tree right in front of the church that would be visible from some distance," explained Father Ronald Franco. 

This was the second year for the tree lighting at the church. Immaculate Conception is the oldest Catholic church in Knoxville, dating back to 1855.

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