Before and After the Vigil Mass
Before Mass starts, it is good to set aside time for prayer, especially prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Doing so enhances participation in the Vigil Mass. It also connects us with the experience of Mary and the Apostles, who prayed for nine days from the Ascension until Pentecost for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
This time of prayer can be arranged in a number of ways. It can involve any of the following:
- Time for silent personal prayer
- Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours for the Vigil of Pentecost
- A decade of the rosary meditating on the mystery of Pentecost
- Eucharistic adoration with music and silence interspersed, according to the liturgical norms given in Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass
- Priests available to hear confessions
Immediately after Mass, priests can be made available to give personal blessings and to pray especially for young adults to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Before the blessing, the priest can ask young adults to say their confirmation names and then bless them using their confirmation names, thus giving them a sense of renewing their confirmation.