Canonical hours

Canonical hours
canonic ca*non"ic (k[.a]*n[o^]n"[i^]k), canonical ca*non"ic*al (k[.a]*n[o^]n"[i^]*kal), a. [L. canonicus, LL. canonicalis, fr. L. canon: cf. F. canonique. See {canon}.] Of or pertaining to a canon; established by, or according to, a canon or canons. ``The oath of canonical obedience.'' --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

2. Appearing in a Biblical canon; as, a canonical book of the Christian New Testament. [PJC]

3. Accepted as authoritative; recognized. [PJC]

4. (Math.) In its standard form, usually also the simplest form; -- of an equation or coordinate. [PJC]

5. (Linguistics) Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; as, a canonical syllable pattern. Opposite of {nonstandard}.

Syn: standard. [WordNet 1.5]

6. Pertaining to or resembling a musical canon. [PJC]

{Canonical books}, or {Canonical Scriptures}, those books which are declared by the canons of the church to be of divine inspiration; -- called collectively {the canon}. The Roman Catholic Church holds as canonical several books which Protestants reject as apocryphal.

{Canonical epistles}, an appellation given to the epistles called also general or catholic. See {Catholic epistles}, under {Canholic}.

{Canonical form} (Math.), the simples or most symmetrical form to which all functions of the same class can be reduced without lose of generality.

{Canonical hours}, certain stated times of the day, fixed by ecclesiastical laws, and appropriated to the offices of prayer and devotion; also, certain portions of the Breviary, to be used at stated hours of the day. In England, this name is also given to the hours from 8 a. m. to 3 p. m. (formerly 8 a. m. to 12 m.) before and after which marriage can not be legally performed in any parish church.

{Canonical letters}, letters of several kinds, formerly given by a bishop to traveling clergymen or laymen, to show that they were entitled to receive the communion, and to distinguish them from heretics.

{Canonical life}, the method or rule of living prescribed by the ancient clergy who lived in community; a course of living prescribed for the clergy, less rigid than the monastic, and more restrained that the secular.

{Canonical obedience}, submission to the canons of a church, especially the submission of the inferior clergy to their bishops, and of other religious orders to their superiors.

{Canonical punishments}, such as the church may inflict, as excommunication, degradation, penance, etc.

{Canonical sins} (Anc. Church.), those for which capital punishment or public penance decreed by the canon was inflicted, as idolatry, murder, adultery, heresy. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Canonical Hours — • Essay on the practice of reciting the Divine Office according to set hours Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Canonical Hours     Canonical Hours      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • canonical hours — plural noun 1. Set hours for prayer or the services prescribed for these times (in the Roman Catholic Church, traditionally listed as matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and compline) 2. Any time between 8am and 6pm, when marriages… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Canonical hours — Benedictine monks singing Vespers on Holy Saturday. Canonical hours are divisions of time which serve as increments between the prescribed prayers of the daily round. A Book of Hours contains such a set of prayers. In western Catholicism,… …   Wikipedia

  • Canonical hours — Hour Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canonical hours — A canonical hour is a fixed part of the office which the Church appointed to be recited at a particular time; all the prayers fixed for a certain day took the name of canonical . This term was then extended to apply to the book containing these… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • canonical hours — ▪ music       in music, settings of the public prayer service (divine office) of the Roman Catholic Church (Roman Catholicism), divided into Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline. The early monastic communities composed a …   Universalium

  • Canonical Hours —    Seven stated hours appointed for devotional exercises, viz., Nocturns, Matins with Lauds, Prime, Tierce, Sext, Nones, and Vespers with Compline. Each of the Seven Hours is said to commemorate some point in the Passion of our Lord, as set forth …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • canonical hours — noun a) The times of day at which canon law prescribes certain prayers to be said; matins with lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and complin b) …   Wiktionary

  • Canonical Hours —    See Divine Office …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • canonical hours — plural noun 1》 the times of daily Christian prayer appointed in the breviary, or the offices set for them (matins with lauds, prime, terce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline). 2》 (in the Church of England) the time during which a marriage may… …   English new terms dictionary

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