The Liturgical Hours

in Medieval Times

Breviary of the Hours, or,
the Horarium


Hour of the Day Latin Name English Name Time of Day
(The approximate modern equivalent)
Vigil
During the Night Matins Readings Divided into
Nocturn Time
1 2100
2 Midnight
3 0300
Night
Sunrise Lauds Morning Prayer Sunrise Night
First Prime Pre-Work Prayer 0600 Day
Third Terce Mid-Morning Prayer 0900 Day
Sixth Sext Midday Prayer Noon Day
Ninth None Mid-Afternoon Prayer 1500 Day
Near Evening Vespers Evening Prayer 1800 Day
Nightfall Compline Night Prayer Nightfall

Information gleaned from The Catholic Encyclopedia
And Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum, History of the Hour:  Clocks and Modern Temporal Orders, Translated by Thomas Dunlap. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1996.
See also Eamon Duffy, Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240-1570, Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 2007.

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