One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The times of daily Christian prayer appointed in the breviary.
- ‘At first the bells marked the six canonical hours and the eight hours of the Virgin.’
- ‘According to Isaac Walton, Herbert daily read the offices of morning and evening prayer ‘at the canonical hours of ten and four’ with his wife and three nieces.’
- ‘Because they were not spaced equally apart, the canonical hours provided a concept of time that, in addition to changing throughout the year and from location to location, did not flow evenly as modern time does.’
- ‘She ignores the canonical hours and her Spiritual Father because she is too busy rummaging for food to feed the poor from her soup kitchen.’
- ‘During the daily and nightly recitation of the canonical hours (which did not involve lay participation), screens protected the ecclesiastical communities from chill and drafts.’
- 1.1 The offices set for canonical hours, namely matins with lauds, prime, terce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline.
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