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canonical hours

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Ecclesiastical The times of day at which canon law prescribes certain prayers to be said. These times are matins with lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and complin.
  • n.pl. Ecclesiastical The prayers said at these times.

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  • n. The times of day at which canon law prescribes certain prayers to be said; matins with lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and complin
  • n. The prayers said at these times

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. certain stated times of the day, fixed by ecclesiastical laws, and appropriated to the offices of prayer and devotion; also, certain portions of the Breviary, to be used at stated hours of the day. In England, this name is also given to the hours from 8 a. m. to 3 p. m. (formerly 8 a. m. to 12 m.) before and after which marriage can not be legally performed in any parish church.
  • n. See under Canonical.

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Examples

  • All laboured with their hands, all abstained from flesh-meat, all embraced regular poverty; the Divine Office was recited at the canonical hours with great solemnity, silence was observed for many hours, and there were regular times for private prayer and meditation.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

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