canonical hours

canonical hour

noun
Ecclesiastical. 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.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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canonical hour
 
n
1.  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.  Church of England any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at which marriages may lawfully be celebrated

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canonical hours

in music, settings of the public prayer service (divine office) of the Roman Catholic Church, divided into Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline. The early monastic communities composed a complete series of hours for morning, noon, and evening; cathedral and parish churches had incorporated all the hours by the 8th century, and by the 9th century the structure was fixed

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