Back in 2019, I had the opportunity to attend for the first time the Pre-55 Holy Triduum, and afterwards published an article here about the experience. This year, in 2021, came my first opportunity to assist at the Pre-55 Pentecost Vigil—and, once again, the experience was a triumphant vindication of the wisdom and beauty of tradition. This Vigil is ripe for restoration.
To understand the old Vigil, which reiterates much of the Easter Vigil, one must understand two things: first, its practical origin; second, and more importantly, its underlying theology.
On the practical side of things, the ancient Church baptized catechumens on two major occasions: the Easter Vigil and the Pentecost Vigil. As Dom Guéranger explains in The Liturgical Year: