Wisdom Vigil

The students enjoyed the All Saints’ Vigil so much last semester they didn’t want to wait till next November to do it again. What other ideas, they asked, could we do? I suggested one for our patronal feast, January 28th. Another possibility was the eve of the Annunciation. A themed (votive?) vigil would be another thought–insert it in the calendar anywhere. Eventually, they got the notion that a vigil to pray for students would be optimal, thus the Wisdom Vigil was born.

“Conceived,” would be a better word; the event is still five weeks away. The liturgy peer minister has asked every member of the student liturgy team to do a project this semester. Two guys have teamed up on the Wisdom Vigil. I sent them a few initial ideas:

Imitate the pattern of the Easter Vigil for the meat of the event: reading/psalm/prayer. Save one gospel reading for the end. Conclude with intercessions, Lord’s Prayer, rite of peace, and a final blessing.

I also gave them these four Scriptures: Proverbs 8.22ff. and Proverbs 9 and this lovely passage from Sirach 24, and of course Wisdom 9. Psalm 1 and 119 were the first to pop into my head.  Then I thought the patronal readings for St Thomas Aquinas would be good: Wisdom 7:7-10, 15-16, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, and Matthew 23:8-12.

The guys probably have more than enough to work with, but where in the Scriptures or in the writings of the saints would you suggest they turn?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Wisdom Vigil

  1. Jim McK says:

    How about one of the stories of God giving wisdom to Solomon, 1 Kgs 3: 3-14 or the shorter parallel at 2 Chr 1: 7-12.

    But try to avoid David’s take on wisdom in 1Kgs 2: 6:
    “Act with the wisdom you possess; you must not allow him to go down to the grave in peaceful old age.”

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