31) The only canonical hour or hours not included in the previous list, namely, Matins and Lauds--considered as a single canonical hour probably from the eighth century onwards--could be explained in one of the two following ways: Matins and Lauds are parodied in the brigata's festivities at the end of the day, which typically continue well into the night, or at the beginning of each day, when the group is awakened early in the morning and immediately begins their daily festive activities.
Thus, the hymn marking the beginning of Matins and also of the first canonical hour, prime, sung or recited at day's break, contains references to the night's darkness having been chased away or the rising sun, of which clear echoes are found in the description of the brigata's beginning of the day.
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.