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Hours, liturgy of
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1. Definition

The term “liturgy of the hours” (Latin preces horarum) has many synonyms: English divine office, work of God, canonical hours, Breviary, Latin hora (canonica), officium (divinum), opus dei, breviarium; German Tagzeitengebet, Chorgebet, Chorstunde, Stundenliturgie. The fundamental concept is continual prayer comprising praise of God and intercession at specific hours of the day (and night). Their overall n…

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Talkner, Katharina, “Hours, liturgy of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028440>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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