Keeping Vigil

In the early Church, the Pentecost Vigil was preceded by a time of spiritual preparation. The early Christians would pray and fast and ready themselves for Pentecost. This time of preparation helped the early Christians truly enter into the mysteries they were celebrating.

In keeping with this tradition, starting with the Ascension, in the days leading up to the Pentecost Vigil, parishes can be invited to pray for young adults, and young adults can be invited to pray for their peers. This time of spiritual preparation enhances the actual event. It also allows older Christians to share in the enthusiasm of the young and to express their care and spiritual solicitude. Common daily prayers might be suggested, or there might simply be a general encouragement to pray for young adults in the days before Pentecost.

Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. (Matthew 18:19)