Exodus 2. 41, 42 And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the LORD, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.
Vigil is from the Latin vigilia meaning wakefulness. It is a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching, or an observance.
Vigil, throughout the night, was an ascetic practice instituted by Jesus himself, valued by His holy Apostles, and continued by Christians throughout the ages.
The Apostolic Constitutions (5.19) directly refer to vigils and the need for Christians to "assemble together in the Church, watch and pray and beseech God, in your night-long vigil, reading the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms, until the rooster crows."
The Saints loved vigil, more than any other ascetic practice, because vigils transformed that period of time in which so much sin occurs into a time of holiness. Vigils make the nights more radiant than the day. Vigils enable the Christian to step out of time and into eternity. And vigils allow for purer communication with God Himself.
After recognizing this great fact, we gather together in our retreat centre to pray and sanctify ourselves.
Every last Friday of the month, we have a mini retreat. We begin at 07.30pm and gets over at 05.00am. We have holy rosary, way of the cross, holy Mass, Spiritual talk, adoration of the holy Eucharist, spiritual talks, holy Mass, adoration and Eucharistic procession.