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Glossary: vigil

A service or period of prayers and devotions usually held on the night before or in the early morning of important religious days or festivals. On occasion, special vigils are organized around a specific concern or issue in a local church. The word vigil comes from the Latin vigilia, meaning to watch.

Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by Permission.