MedievalBooksOfHours

Les Enluminures

9. Accessory Texts

One of the most frequently encountered accessory prayers is the Joys of the Virgin, celebrating the happy moments in Mary's life from the Annunciation to her Assumption into Heaven. There is also a group of prayers whose number of components is fixed at the same mystical digit: Seven Requests to Our Lord, Seven Prayers of St. Gregory, Seven Verses of St. Bernard, and the Seven Last Words of Our Lord. Extra Hours, short and structured like those of the Cross and of the Holy Spirit, also appear: favorites include the Hours of St. Catherine, the Hours of John the Baptist, and the Weekday Hours.