In the first ages, during the night before every feast, a vigil was kept. In the evening the faithful assembled in the place or church where the feast was to be celebrated and prepared themselves by prayers, readings from Holy Writ (now the Offices of Vespers and Matins), and sometimes also by hearing a sermon.
This is the icon/coding/&c. workshop of terra/lightfellows. The layout is a self-made edit of Five AM by winterfish. The artwork is A Dorcas meeting in the 6th century (1873-77), by Edwin Long. Fonts featured include Fira Sans, Playfair Display, and Charter.
The name “vigils” is a joke about staying up too late.