The Vigil for the deceased is the principal rite celebrated by the Christian community in the time following death and before the funeral liturgy.

When Christians gather at the Vigil, they show their respect and reverence for the deceased. They recall and share their memories of the person who has died. The community comforts the family with love and friendship, the assurance of prayer, and the offer of assistance.

While you and the family may find comfort in other devotional prayers, such as the rosary, these should not replace the vigil. The rosary and other devotional prayers may be offered at other times such as immediately after death or when the family first gathers in the presence of the body.