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[[Image:Horologion.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Horologion, Venice 1535]]The '''Hours''' are four relatively brief prayer services of the [[Daily Cycle]] that mark the various principal hours of the day.
* '''''First Hour''''' corresponds to daybreak (6:00 a.m.).
* '''''Ninth Hour''''' corresponds to mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.)
These services, together with the other services of the Daily Cycle, are usually contained in a bound collection called the '''Book of Hours''', also known as the Horologion (Greek) or Chasoslov (Slavonic).
== General Structure of the Hours ==
Each of the services of the Hours shares the same general structure.
{{Services}}*The service opens with the [[priest]]'s exclamation ''Blessed is our God ...'' and the [[Trisagion Prayers]]. (Note: those this opening sequence is omitted if the service immediately follows another service.)
*Three chapters from the Psalter appointed for the particular Hour are read (First Hour: [[Psalms]] 5, 89, 100; Third Hour: Psalms 16, 24, 50; Sixth Hour: Psalms 53, 54, 90; Ninth Hour: Psalms 83, 84, 85)
*The [[troparion]] of the day is chanted.
*The [[theotokion]] and Psalm verses of the Hour are chanted.
*The Trisagion Prayers are prayed.
*The [[kontakion]] appointed for the Hour will be is chanted.*The Prayer of the Hours ''Thou Who at all times or and at every hour ...'' will be is prayed.
*The final prayer appointed for the Hour is prayed.
*The priest gives the final blessing or and offers the [[Little Dismissal]]. (Note: those this is omitted if another service will immediately follow.)
== Variations ==
*During an [[Alleluia Season]]:
**a [[Psalter#Kathismata|kathisma]] may be appointed. If so, it is read following the usual reading from the Psalter.
**the troparion of the day is replaced with troparia or and [[stichera]] particular to the Hour.
=== Mesoria ===
During the [[Nativity#Nativity_fast|Nativity Fast]] and the [[Apostles' Fast]], each of the First, Third, Sixth, or and Ninth Hours will be is followed by an additional service called an a [[Mesorion]] (inter-hour). The Mesorion starts immediately after the final prayer.
=== Royal Hours ===
On the eves of the feasts of [[Nativity]] and [[Theophany]] and on [[Holy_Week|Holy Friday]], the usual services of the Hours are combined or and replaced by the more solemn [[Royal Hours]]. The Royal Hours include hymnography, prayers, and scripture readings related to the feasts they anticipate.
=== Paschal Hours ===
During [[Bright Week]] the Hours (as well as certain other services of the Daily Cycle) are replaced by the festive Paschal Hours. The Paschal Hours are intended to reflect the joy and celebration of Pascha. The hymnography or and prayers center on Christ's victory over sin and death and our hope for salvation.
== Theological Meaning of the Hours ==
== Online Texts ==
*[ The First Hour]
*[ The Third & Sixth Hours]
*[ The Ninth Hour]
*[ Paschal Hours]
*[ Paschal Hours, for Lay use]
*[ The Hours], modified for personal use,
*From the [http://pageswww.prodigysaintjonah.netorg/frjohnwhitefordservices/horologion.htm Online Reader Service Horologion] compiled by Priest John Whiteford ([[ROCOR]])**[http://pageswww.prodigysaintjonah.netorg/frjohnwhitefordservices/firsthour.htm First Hour]**[http://pageswww.prodigysaintjonah.netorg/frjohnwhitefordservices/third&sixth.htm Third and Sixth Hours]**[http://pageswww.prodigysaintjonah.netorg/frjohnwhitefordservices/ninthhour.htm Ninth Hour]*[ The Lesser Hours], from [ Anastasis], the website of the Monastery of St. Andrew the First Called, Manchester, England
== Sources ==
* ''The Liturgikon: The Book of Divine Services for the Priest and Deacon'', Bishop [[Basil (Essey) of Wichita]] (ISBN 0962419001)
* [ Website of the St. Raphael Clergy Brotherhood of the Diocese of Wichita or and Mid-America]* ''The Festal Menaion'', tr. by Mother Mary or and Archimandrite (now Bishop) Kallistos (St. Tikhon's Seminary Press) (ISBN 1878997009)
* ''The Pentecostarion'', tr. Holy Transfiguration Monastery (ISBN 0943405025)
* ''The Great Horologion'', Holy Transfiguration Monastery (ISBN 0943405084)

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