book of hours


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book of hours

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A book containing Christian prayers and other devotional texts arranged according to the canonical hours and the feast days of the liturgical calendar. Many medieval books of hours, intended for use by wealthy or aristocratic laypeople, are noted for their rich illumination.

book of hours

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(Ecclesiastical Terms) (often capitals) a book used esp in monasteries during the Middle Ages that contained the prayers and offices of the canonical hours
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Athos was meditating; Porthos was twisting his mustache; Aramis was saying his prayers in a charming little Book of Hours, bound in blue velvet.
Sometime in the seventeenth century Simon's Book of Hours was dismembered and bound into separate parts, presumably by a dealer who knew, even at this early date for the collecting of illumination, that he could profit by such a division.
I have prayed from this book of Hours since the early 1970s.
If this essay essentially confirms previous assumptions, Virginia Reinburg's erudite ad fontes study of pre-Reformation devotions, based on that strange best-seller, the Book of Hours, challenges easy platitudes about superstition and idolatry.
When Las Horas de Belen - A Book of Hours, the most recent piece by the New York theater company Mabou Mines, premiered at Mexico City's Festival del Centro Historico (a pan-arts event intended in part to help revitalize the megalopolis's decaying core), the Claustro de Sor Juana provided an evocative site for a work that unravels other anguished histories.
In the first room, there might be some cave paintings from Lascaux, a fragment of a Pompeiian fresco, and an illuminated book of hours.
He argues from internal evidence (much of it orthographical) that the book of hours was written for an English reader, though he cannot state with certainty that it was actually produced in England.
In part I, on the influence of anchoritic spirituality upon later lay piety, Bella Millett writes on Ancrene Wisse and the Book of Hours.
Inside his studio, covering almost every inch of space, is Barker's next project--The Book of Hours.
The topics include Laurent de Premierfait and the visualization of antiquity, linking ancient Troy and Medieval France in illuminations of an early copy of the Roman de Troier, the transmission of North African texts to Europe in Late Antiquity, Dan Michel of Northgate and his books, and the provenance of a dismembered Italian Book of Hours illuminated by the master of the Brussels initials.
Among other items due to go on display are an 840-year-old book of homilies of Pope Gregory, St Thomas More's hat and gold crucifix, and a 1420 Book of Hours from Paris.
Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours edited by Kathleen Deignan (Sorin Books, 2007)