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canonical hour

1. RC Church
a. one of the seven prayer times appointed for each day by canon law
b. the services prescribed for these times, namely matins, prime, terce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline
2. Church of England any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at which marriages may lawfully be celebrated
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In the process of this analysis, I will seek to illustrate how the life of the brigata, from early in the morning until late at night, is patterned after, and parodies, the life of monks and nuns--indeed, of all devout Christians--and thus it also parodies the liturgical practice of the seven canonical hours, celebrated in the church liturgy and honored by medieval people.
Accordingly, Boccaccio's re-arrangement of the days of rest and some form of labor, of religious and non-religious activities, of storytelling and non-storytelling, transforms and subverts in many ways the typical Christian manner of employing properly the time, divided according to the sacred temporal rhythm of the week, patterned after God's six days of creation, just as each day is organized according to the seven canonical hours.
It is unlikely, for example, that individual bishops or the Council of Basel would have insisted on a strict dress code for the canonical hours, had there been no problems inside the choir.
Some people may find the lack of a mint on their pillow intolerable, but others will find that the simplicity of uncluttered surroundings can lead to new--and unexpected--rewards: relaxed inspiration during a soak in a meadowside natural hot springs, clarity of mind while meditating in silence among the saguaros, or a restored spirit after listening to monks sing the canonical hours.
Horae Canonicae derives its shape and rhythm from the temporal divisions of the Canonical Hours that for centuries have been chanted and spoken both communally and privately.
The sequence of the poems is guided by the Canonical Hours beginning with prime (6:00 a.