Time of the Easter Vigil 2022

Regarding the time of The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, the entirety of the celebration of this Mass “must take place during the night (noctu), so that it begins after nightfall and ends before daybreak on the Sunday.” In its 1988 Circular Letter Concerning Preparation and Celebration of Easter Feasts, the Congregation for Divine Worship made clear that “this rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. Reprehensible are those abuses and practices which have crept in in many places in violation of this ruling, whereby the Easter Vigil is celebrated at the time of day that it is customary to celebrate anticipated Sunday Masses.” Within the Archdiocese of Newark, the Easter Vigil should not begin before 8:15pm. There is to be only one celebration of the Easter Vigil, and no Masses are permitted prior to the Easter Vigil.

If you have any questions, please contact the Worship Office.