The Suppression of the Ancient Baptismal Vigil of Pentecost

Posted May 18, 2018 8:50 am by Gregory DiPippo

The Suppression of the Ancient Baptismal Vigil of Pentecost

We are much obliged to the Schola Sainte Cécile for permission to publish this translation by Mr Gerhard Eger of an article by Fr Jean-Pierre Herman “La Pentecôte – Fête élaguée ou restaurée ? La suppression de l’antique vigile baptismale de la Pentecôte”, which is also being published simultaneously on Canticum Salomonis.The Missal of Paul VI promulgated on April 3rd, 1969, effectively eliminated the ancient custom of assigning vigils and octaves to major feasts. Subsequently, octaves are celebrated only for Easter and Christmas. As for vigils, all that remains of them is a “vigil Mass in the evening” for certain

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