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3. Hours of the Virgin

The heart of every Book of Hours is the series of prayers called the Hours of the Virgin (hence the name Book of Hours or, in Latin, Horae). There are eight separate Hours, ideally prayed throughout the course of the day: Matins, Lauds (at night or upon rising), Prime (the 1st hour, around 6 a.m.), Terce (the 3rd hour, around 9 a.m.), Sext (the 6th hour, around noon), None (the 9th hour, at 3 p.m.), Vespers (evensong, in early evening), and Compline (upon retiring).