Definition of canonical hours in English:

canonical hours

Syllabification: ca·non·i·cal hours

noun

  • 1The times of daily Christian prayer appointed in the breviary.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1The offices set for canonical hours, namely matins with lauds, prime, terce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline.

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