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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.

vigil

1. RC Church Church of England the eve of certain major festivals, formerly observed as a night spent in prayer: often marked by fasting and abstinence and a special Mass and divine office
2. a period of sleeplessness; insomnia
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A press release for the event asked that "Star Wars" fans consider suiting up as their favorite characters and popping in at one of the vigils.
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Commemorative vigils will also be held in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
LABOUR party members from across Merseyside joined together in a private vigil held in the wake of the killing of MP Jo Cox.
A VIGIL was held in Cardiff Bay yesterday to remember wife, mother, friend and MP Jo Cox, who died after being attacked in her West Yorkshire constituency on Thursday.
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T The latest vigil in Middlesbrough on Wednesday featured a performance staged to highlight the prison camp conditions in Gaza as the con-flict with Israel continues.
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They have held this monthly vigil since LCWR came under strong criticism by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in April 2012 for what the congregation called "radical feminism.
I WAS one of about 120 people who took part in a candlelight vigil at Grey's Monument on Monday evening.
Huddersfield Stop the War Coalition will hold a vigil to mark the death of the 100th British soldier in Afghanistan this year.