The Vigil of Pentecost

The Vigil of Pentecost allows us to conclude the Easter time in a profound way. On Saturday at 9:00 pm we gather with Mary and the Apostles in the “upper room” and await the Holy Spirit. Join us for this special Mass which also fulfills your Sunday obligation.

The Vigil of Pentecost is a powerful conclusion to Easter and provides a rich and full celebration of the mystery of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The revised Roman Missal has provided the option of an extended vigil Mass for Pentecost to complement the Easter Vigil which inaugurated the Easter Season in the Church. Pentecost officially brings the Easter Season to a close.  While the Vigil for Pentecost is not as lengthy as the Easter Vigil, it does provide us with an opportunity to celebrate the end of Easter Time in a special and meaningful way.

The extended form of the Vigil resembles the Liturgy of the Word at the Easter Vigil because it allows for three additional Old Testament readings, with each reading followed by a psalm or brief period of silence and a prayer. The Gloria is sung after the last of the Old Testament readings, followed by the Collect (Opening Prayer), the New Testament reading and Gospel. Then the Mass continues in the usual way.

Just as the Easter Vigil is a powerful celebration of the beginning of Easter Time, the extended Vigil of Pentecost can be profound conclusion to Easter and provides a rich and full celebration of the mystery of Pentecost—the mystery of the God who through Christ and the power of the Spirit calls us to deeper communion so that the Spirit of God might burn brighter in our lives.

All parishioners, friends and visitors are invited to attend this profound and powerful Mass.