My current missal states “The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil must take place during the night, so that it begins after nightfall and ends before daybreak on the Sunday.”
I was surprised to see, therefore, that my local parish has scheduled theirs to begin at 5.30pm. Not only will it still be fully daylight at the start, but it’s likely to be still light by the time they finish! Is this permitted? Are their any reasons as to why a parish might be justified in having it so early?