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canonical hour

n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church
a. one of the seven prayer times appointed for each day by canon law
b. the services prescribed for these times, namely matins, prime, terce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Church of England any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at which marriages may lawfully be celebrated

canon′ical hour′


n.
any of certain periods of the day set apart for prayer and devotion: these are matins and lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline.
[1400–50]
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Noun1.canonical hour - (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
time of day, hour - clock time; "the hour is getting late"
matins, morning prayer - the first canonical hour; at daybreak
prime - the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.
terce, tierce - the third canonical hour; about 9 a.m.
sext - the fourth of the seven canonical hours; about noon
nones - the fifth of the seven canonical hours; about 3 p.m.
evensong, vespers - the sixth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office; early evening; now often made a public service on Sundays
complin, compline - last of the seven canonical hours just before retiring
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All day long, within the canonical hours, the door of Holchester House is perpetually opening to receive visitors.
70) The reader/viewer, then, is cued to understand the canonical hour not only as part of the flow of "transient life," to use Gurevich's formulation, but also as taking place in the realm of "universal-historical" events.
Matins with Lauds is the first section of the Divine Office, the canonical hour chanted soon after midnight that constitutes the Night Office that we have already mentioned.
In monasteries and convents, the first canonical hour ushers in all the following canonical hours, the liturgy of the mass, and all other daily activities, according to a schedule organized purposefully to ensure that the monks avoid all forms of idleness and their lives are totally oriented toward God.
In addition to the psalms, devotional words such as the "Prayer of Thanksgiving" that opens each of the seven canonical hours of the Coptic daily office, including vespers, still me with their precision:
Forcades's first work in English is divided into six parts -- one for each of the five traditional canonical hours, from matins to vespers, plus compline, a final chapter on forgiveness and reconciliation.
Kendrick's book, however, is not a general overview of Holy Week rituals, but rather a study that isolates a genre of Triduum music from roughly 1550-1750: the Canonical Hours of Matins and Lauds, which were performed as a combined service for the days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
Maybe this presence is God: the collection is anchored by a crown of sonnets titled "Quarantine" that styles itself as a prayer arranged according to the canonical hours.
Vespers, or evening prayer, is the liturgy of the canonical hours.
All great Christian religious orders observe the Canonical Hours, during which they chant the Divine Office.