Part of the broader worship of the Orthodox includes the praying of the canonical hours. These are short services, based on the reading of the psalms, and were originally created to be prayed at specific times of day. Traditionally, the 1st Hour is prayed at 6am, the 3rd Hour at 9am, the 6th Hour at midday, and the 9th Hour at 3pm. In practice, outside of a monastic setting, the 1st hour may be used in the home as ‘getting up’ prayers and a good way to offer the new day to Christ. The 9th hour can also serve as a service for the early evening at 6pm. The praying of the hours can be very flexible, and can be used as a starting point for additional prayers of intercession, reading of the bible, or attached to services such as an akathist or Canon.
Our Book of the Hours is translated into modern English and is suitable for both home and church use. It is available in two sizes: A5 booklet and A4 spiral-bound. This version of the hours follows the Antiochian tradition.