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.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)