Does Attending the Easter Vigil Mass Count for Easter Mass on Sunday?

Does Attending the Easter Vigil Mass Count for Easter Mass on Sunday?

Today i was arguing with a friend if attending Easter Vigil could stand for the Eater Mass? i was of the opinion that they are both the same. However, one can attend both as they both mean blessing from both.

i will not be the only one to discuss this issue. i will be putting forward people ideas about attending both or only one.

Steven Francis

No – Not an obligation

However, I HIGHLY encourage attendance at the Vigil. It is life affirming to see the Church perpetuated in Catecumens, and also to hear the whole history of salvation through scripture. Awesome!!

Apparently, if you DO attend the Vigil it counts for your Sunday obligation. I have some personal heartburn with that, but oh well. I’m not the Pope. Whether obligated or not, I can’t imagine a devout Christian not wanting to observe:

The Triduum Mass which begins on at Sundown on Holy Thursday, and Ends at the conclusion of the Easter Vigl Mass on Holy Saturday. This includes three “meetings” of the faithful all under the SAME MASS. There is no concluding rite until after the Vigil. It is all one mass. Seems to me if you start it, you should finish it. That would inlcude all the meetings of the body. If you went last night, you ARE STILL AT MASS today, (and hopefully fasting).

Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday evening.

Easter Sunday – as a joyous celebration of the ressurection!!!



With respect, Steven: Yes, attending any vigil ‘counts’ for the following Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation.

Also, Easter is not a ‘Holy Day of Obligation’–it is a Sunday and all Sundays are days of obligation. Christmas is a holy day of obligation even when it does not fall on a Sunday, but Easter by definition is always on a Sunday.

One is not ‘obliged’ to attend the vigil unless as above, one attends the vigil FOR the Sunday or Holy Day.

The Easter Saturday vigil for Easter Sunday, like any other anticipatory vigil for a Sunday, is not a ‘holy day obligation’ but as I said before, is an anticipation, and under canon law and according to the Catechism, fulfils one’s obligations for the Sunday (in this case) and (as in the Christmas Vigil) would fulfill the obligation for the Christmas Day Mass


The easter Vigil Mass is the first Mass of Easter; it celebrates the Lord’s Ressurection, and the whole of salvation history. As far as pomp and ceremony, it is the most ceremonious Mass of Easter.

The Jews considered that the new day started at sunset. The Evening Prayer (Vespers) on Saturday evening is the First Sunday Evening Prayer (Vespers on Sunday afternoon being the second), and if one understands that in the other official Liturgy of the Church – the Liturgy of the Hours – the Church treats Saturday Vespers as the First Sunday Vespers, then it may be easier to understand why the vigil Mass of Sunday, on Saturday evening, is accepted as fulfilling one’s obligation to attend Mass.


You are allowed to go to as many Masses as you wish. The only restriction is how many times you can receive the Blessed Sacrament. You can only receive it twice during one day. The second time; however, you MUST be attending a Mass (two communion services are not allowed). So, if you received it once on Saturday and once on Sunday, you’re fine. So, if you receive on Saturday twice, then you’ve reached your limit. Your first time receiving can be a communion service, a Mass, etc., but your second time must be received with your participation in a Mass.

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