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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as choir-service, 1.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, any one of the seven canonical hours.
  • n. The breviary-office.


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  • The third text relates to canons and other clerics who possess even a simple benefice, obliging them to residence for the choir-office, the celebration of Mass and other analogous charges: the absentee loses ipso facto the daily distributions (see BENEFICE); the number of days of absence may not exceed three months in any year; otherwise he forfeits half the revenue of his benefice; if he repeats the offence a second year, he forfeits all the revenue; and if his absence be still prolonged he can be deprived of the benefices by canonical sentence.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery


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