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Terce, Sext, None 

, "the ninth hour" (none). These canonical hours of the breviary office were known as little hours or little offices. The early Christian church followed the Jewish custom of community prayers at sunrise and sunset, with private devotions at the third, sixth, and ninth hours (9 a.m., 12 noon, and 3 p.m.). These little hours of prayer were associated with the Passion. Jesus' dying on the cross was recalled in the sixth hour, and his burial was recalled in the ninth hour. The custom of daily prayer is evidenced by Acts 3:1, which records that Peter and John "were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon." Acts 10:9 also states that Peter went to pray at noon on the day when the men sent by Cornelius arrived. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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