My view during the night

The St. Joseph altar which is also the Altar of Repose where the Blessed Sacrament resides following Maundy Thursday.

The all-night vigil at the cathedral was a moderate success, I would say. The turnout immediately after Mass was quite high, but that diminished as the hours progressed of course. Still, there were nine people who watched all night, from 9:30 in the evening to 7 in the morning.

The doors of the cathedral were open until midnight, and people came trickling in and out until that time. That hasn’t happened every year. For some people it was the first time they’d experienced something like a vigil, but a few were determined to try it out, so to speak. And some were enthusiastic. The silence which almost automatically triggers reflection seems surprisingly appealing to some.

It was a long haul, though, and the hours between three and six in the morning are the worst.

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