from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A watch kept during normal sleeping hours.
- n. The act or a period of observing; surveillance.
- n. The eve of a religious festival observed by staying awake as a devotional exercise.
- n. Ritual devotions observed on the eve of a holy day. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A watch kept during normal sleeping hours, especially over the body of a recently deceased or dying person.
- n. A period of observation or surveillance.
- n. The eve of some religious festival in which staying awake is part of the ritual devotions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch.
- n. Hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises.
- n. Originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast.
- n. Later, the day and the night preceding a feast.
- n. A religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of keeping awake; abstinence or forbearance from sleep at the natural or ordinary hours of rest; the state of being awake during the natural time for sleep; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch: commonly in the plural.
- n. Devotional watching; hence, devotions, services, praise, prayer, or the like performed during the customary hours of sleep; nocturnal devotions: commonly in the plural.
- n. Eccles.: Originally, in the early church, the watch kept in a church or cemetery on the night before a feast, the time being occupied in prayer.
- n. Hence— The day and night preceding a festival; the eve or day before a festival; strictly, an eve which is a fast.
- n. A wake.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
- n. a period of sleeplessness
- n. the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
The reform of Pope Pius XII did not in fact restore the Easter vigil to its proper historical time after None, since it mandated that the vigil is to start at such an hour that the actual Mass will begin around midnight.
As noted in the article on the Mass of Holy Saturday, the Easter vigil, is not a first Mass of the Resurrection; it is a vigil, a keeping watch.
The proper hour for the celebration of the Easter vigil is also traditionally after None, as in all the ferial days of Lent.
(The centrality of this reading to the Easter vigil is emphasized by a rubric of the Missal of 1970, which specifies that it may never be omitted.) 5.
A vigil is planned in his memory for Saturday, she said.
The Mass of the vigil is changed in only a few respects.
This vigil is being held in the hopes that both the LGBTQ and straight communities will come together to remember those lost, to provide support for the living, and to inspire hope and action for the future.
So our vigil is mainly a witness to the public about abortion and that we are praying for its end.
Jill Carroll: new tape released; blogger pals maintain vigil
As he told me, all the families get together just before midnight and go by candlelight to the local church/cemetery/town square and stand in vigil (thinking of loved ones and past relatives), until midnight and then all go back to large family meals and celebrations and giving of gifts.