I’ve read critisisms of the vigil Mass before on other sites. It’s somehow thought of by some as second rate, and indicative of a less devout worshipper who wants to sleep on Sunday and is lazy. I’ve heard it said that if you’re going to use it, you’d better have a good reason other than your personal convenience.
I just want to say that, for one thing, many people in this age are harried and don’t get enough sleep. Many wives work outside of the home and don’t have enough time playing with their children. People are stressed. The pace of modern life is hard on them. Also, their children are lacking in sleep too due to having to get up early every day to get ready for school, daycare, etc.Also, as mentioned already, many people have to work weekends. For example I’m a nurse and am very thankful for the Sat. evening Mass.
I think the Church in her wisdom instituted the vigil Mass (That’s what it’s called in my church bulletin so I will use that term) because Jesus said that the Sabbath should serve Man, not the other way around. The Sabbath is for rest and renewal. And, for many people that includes a restful Sat. vigil Mass, then a nice meal at a good restaurant with their friends afterwards. The vigil Mass where I go has mainly an older crowd and is quiet and prayerful. I like it and attend it frequently.
So, in conclusion, I thank the Church for the Sat. Vigil Mass, which as mentioned already is more keeping with Jewish tradition as well.