Fire Watch Vigil
Maundy Thursday - April 1, 2021
What is a Vigil?
To be on a vigil is to be wakeful for a purpose. To the ancient Romans, that could be to stand guard, spy on the activities of a possible enemy, or prepare for a holy occasion. Originally, the desire to take part in the holy occasion is so strong that you can’t wait for it to happen, which means you’re so full of determination that waiting and getting ready is all you can do, to the neglect of sleep or food. You don’t want to miss a second of it, you want to be there even for the preludes or the first sunbeams.
“Could you not keep awake one hour?” were the words of Jesus in reproach to his hapless followers in the first Gethsemane. Ever since, his disciples of subsequent generations have attempted to do better, and in some small way to make up what was lacking in the first bunch.
This year we are participating in a fire watch vigil from our homes. We will begin the watch at 7pm on Maundy Thursday and end at 7pm on Good Friday. You are asked to choose a one-hour time slot during the 24-hour period. For some people, participating for an hour at a vigil is a daunting task. An hour can seem like a long time to spend in prayer. All participants will be given a “prayer packet” with suggestions on how to set your space and prayers you may use. It isn’t meant to be easy or routine. It is a time to be in conversation with God. While it may be a challenge, it can be a wonder-filled, grace-filled blessing.
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