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The eve of Easter, and the day that Christ remained in the tomb. In the early Church no Mass was offered, with services starting about three o'clock in the afternoon and ending with the Mass of the Resurrection on Easter morning. The present Easter Vigil is an approximation of this ancient rite.
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