for use 5 March 2012
the laity may participate more fully in public recitation of the
Divine Offices as contained in the Breviary, the Vigil Service is
approved for use. It may be used for all Doubles of the First and
Second Class and for other feasts for which its First Vespers is to
be said, at the discretion of jurisdictional Bishops and Rectors. The
Vigil Service is not a new or additional service, but rather refers
to the manner and timing in which the offices are recited. The Vigil
Service applies only to the offices of Vespers, Compline, Matins, and
If a Vigil
Service is to be said, it begins around the usual time for Vespers.
The order of the service is as follows:
Vespers of the Feast.
Compline as appointed in the breviary according to the feast follows
immediately without pause.
Marian antiphon appointed after Compline is omitted.
Triple Prayer is said as usual, once as appointed for after Compline,
and again immediately as appointed before Matins.
then follows without pause as usual.
follows immediately as usual.
Marian antiphon is said after Lauds as appointed, with its prayers,
and followed by the Sacrosanctae at the conclusion of the office.
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