1 a period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep, esp. to keep watch or pray : my birdwatching vigils lasted for hours | as he lay in a coma the family kept vigil.
â€¢ a stationary, peaceful demonstration in support of a particular cause, typically without speeches.
ORIGIN Middle English (sense 2) : via Old French from Latin vigilia, from vigil â€˜awake.â€™
My friend Rosie has a farm with sheep and right now they are birthing the new lambs. Except one of her ewes seems stubborn. This lamb is so big with the life inside her, she looks like she might burst. But everyday the report is the same â€” no lambs yet. Rosie stands vigil waiting for life to begin.
Ken is still in Nebraska. Itâ€™s hard. He is the type of man who is best when he is â€œdoing something.â€ Right now, what heâ€™s doing is the same as Rosie, only he stands on the other end of this cycle. Ken stands vigil with his mother right now, he stands waiting for the life that gave him life, to end.
Life begins and it ends on its own time.Â To stand in witness is our duty and honour.