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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.