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Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology

Canonical Hours | Agbia

 

* The book of daily prayers according to certain hours.

It includes all the prayers, Psalms, Gospel readings, and petitions to be said at the various hours by day and night, appointed in accordance with analogous points in the life and Passion of Jesus Christ.

* Canonical hours were appointed in conformity with Psalm

119: 164 "Seven times a day do I praise You because of Your righteous judgments," and in fulfillment of Christ's commandment that prayers be offered at all times and with unflagging energy (Luke 18:1).

1- Prime (Matins - morning prayer): we remember the Lord Jesus Christ's Resurrection.

2- Tierce (9 A.M.): we remember when the Holy Spirit has came upon the believers.

3- Sixth (12 A.M.): we remember the Lord's Crucifixion.

4- Nones (3 P.M.): we remember the Lord's death.

5- Vesper: we remember the Lord's burial.

6- Compline (bedtime): we remember our departure from this world.

7- Midnight: we remember the Lord's last advent.

8- The "Veil" Prayer, concerning monks and nuns.

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