Vigils


Vigils

Vigils is a term for night prayer in ancient Christianity. See Vespers, Compline, Nocturns, Matins, and Lauds for more information. A Vigil is a night spent in prayer.

A Roman Catholic Mass that counts liturgically for a Sunday or Holy Day but which takes place the previous evening is often mistakenly called a Vigil Mass. But it is more accurately termed an "anticipated Mass," because a Vigil is actually the whole day prior to certain major feasts, which acts as sort of Western version of the forefeast. And such Vigils (such as Christmas Eve) have their own proper Mass theoretically said that morning.

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  • vigils — vig·il || vɪdʒɪl n. period of wakefulness during the night (particularly for the purpose of watching or guarding); time of prayer on the eve of a religious holiday …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vigils — nocturnal devotions. → vigil …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Matins — • Not Morning Prayer, but a nighttime prayer, which has now been replaced by the Office of Readings Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Matins     Matins      …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • Eve of a Feast — • In the first ages, during the night before every feast, a vigil was kept. In the evening the faithful assembled in the place or church where the feast was to be celebrated and prepared themselves by prayers, readings from Holy Writ (now the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • General Roman Calendar as in 1954 — The following is a list of the feast days of the General Roman Calendar as it was in 1954. It thus incorporates changes that were made by Pope Pius XI (1922 1939), such as the institution of the Feast of Christ the King, but not those made in… …   Wikipedia