is a "Vigil"?
Vigil is a period of "watch" or "wakefulness." In the context of the
International Day of Peace Vigil, it could be done in the form of
prayer, meditation or other manner of spiritual observance with an
objective on peace awareness. It could also be a commitment to peaceful
thoughts and acts of kindness and love throughout the day.
a "24-hour vigil"?
Vigil corresponds with The United Nations resolution that calls for an
entire day of peace and nonviolence and invites "all nations and
peoples to honour the cessation of hostilities for the duration of the
day." A global day-long Vigil focused on peace would be a powerful
force in promoting the cessation of violence and creating a more
peaceful state among peoples.
is the meaning of "peace" in the context of the Vigil?
International Day of Peace has a very tangible goal of a day-long
peaceful world. The cessation of conflict for that day is one form of
peace. The resolution also states, however, that the day should be
focused on strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions
and causes of conflict among peoples and governments. In its broadest
sense, it is more than just alleviating violence, peace is community
building with an internal state of concord and tranquility.
can my group participate in the Vigil?
are asked to participate by focusing the group's awareness on the
cessation of violent conflict throughout the world and in promoting
peaceful behaviour for the entire 24 hour period on 21 September. The
group may wish to observe the Vigil by designating different
individuals at different times to pray, meditate or otherwise celebrate
the day in that group's house of worship or other suitable place.
could I, as an individual, participate?
individual could participate in many different ways. She/he might
perform a day-long prayer, meditation or fast. One might also complete
his/her daily Vigil by keeping an awareness of peace in all daily
activities and by striving to think peaceful and loving thoughts
throughout the day.
I still participate if I cannot commit to a 24-hour period?
Not everyone will be able to commit to a 24-hour duration. Do whatever
you can, keeping the goals of the Vigil in mind.
Last updated on October 16, 2006