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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
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.
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|Noun||1.||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
prime - the second canonical hour; about 6 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