Funerals and Memorials - Types of Vigil Services

Types of Vigil Services

  1. Prayer service (suitable for congregations of mixed faiths)
  2. Prayer service with rosary – see below (suitable for congregations of mixed faiths)
  3. Rosary alone – usually five decades of the rosary. (suitable when most of the congregation are Catholic).

The vigil service may be held at the funeral home, the church or at a private home. This could mean that you decide to have it at the home of the deceased. Vigils may be led by a priest or deacon. The vigil is the best time to have memorials, eulogies, as well as secular music and readings, such as poems.