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vigil (vĬj´əl) [Lat.,=watch], in Christian calendars, eve of a feast, a day of penitential preparation. In ancient times worshipers gathered for vespers before a great feast and then waited outside the church until dawn for the liturgy (Mass). Traces of this practice survive in the East, but the Western Church abolished it early because of disorders in the night watch. The Roman liturgy assigns a proper Mass for the vigil of each important older feast; two of them, Holy Saturday (Easter Eve) and the vigil of Pentecost, have special ceremonies.

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vig·il / ˈvijəl/ • n. 1. a period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep, esp. to keep watch or pray: my birdwatching vigils lasted for hours as he lay in a coma the family kept vigil. ∎  a stationary, peaceful demonstration in support of a particular cause, typically without speeches. 2. (in the Christian Church) the eve of a festival or holy day as an occasion of religious observance. ∎  (vigils) nocturnal devotions.

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vigil eve of a church festival XIII; watch XVII. — (O)F. vigile — L. vigilia watch, watchfulness, f. vigil awake, alert, rel. to vigēre be vigorous or lively.
So vigilant XV. — L. vigilāns, -ant-, prp. of vigilāre keep awake.

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Vigil

Vigil. A night service before a Christian festival.

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