A few questions concerning the Hours of the Agpeya:
1. I know that the first hour is prayed upon waking up, and the third hour is prayed at around 9am. But what if one were to wake up after 9, would they then pray the first hour or the third? Similarly, would one pray the twelfth hour if they are awake after midnight, or would they go for midnight prayers?
2. There is a prayer titled '[Prayer] From the Psalmody'. Under what circumstances would one recite this prayer?
3. Why do some hours have twelve psalms, and others have more?
Apologies if these questions seem unnecessarily specific or even superficial/pharisaic, just genuinely curious.
hehe, u r supposed to wake up early!
of course, if you are working 12 noon to 9pm shifts, you won't wake early, so then you can move all the hours forward.
but generally if you sleep around 9 or 10pm and wake early, you acheive much more.
if you sleep late, then usually those extra 2 hours staying awake in the evening are spent on chatting, tv, etc, not on growing vegetables, cleaning the house or praying.
that is why some monasteries have a day running from 4am to 8pm. however, i could never live in a monastery as 8 hrs' sleep is usually not enough for me! i would have to go to bed at 7...
this also reminds me of true story told by my favourite priest (Godfather) in Bible study during great lent:
there was a man who called him with joy, saying; 'abouna, today i fasted till 2pm, i am doing well!'. so abouna asked him 'what time did you wake up?'
they guy replied '1pm!':))
i realise i did not actually answer the question, sorry.
the times are the ones copticboy101 posted :)
most priests (in my limited experience) recommend you pray the first hour on waking and the 12th hour (6pm) on going to bed.
most people (including me) do not have time to achieve more than that...
@ItalianCoptic you're very right, i'm probably overthinking it too much. But why the 3rd hour? Please forgive me for all the questions, everyone!
i eat lunch (stir fried veg with rice) for breakfast sometimes...
keep asking questions, menneeryacoub, i do!
I am not sure why you say midnight praises are for monasteries only. It is not. If any one has the time they can chant the midnight praises after finishing the ajbeya..
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yes, or if you wake up during the night and your house mate is away
I have been taught in my seminary studies the Midnight Praises are USUALLY prayed in Monasteries, but MAY be prayed by an individual. I didn't mean to say they are only for Monasteries, but are mainly prayed in Monasteries. My bad. If he wants to pray them, he has my blessing.
How about me? I’m planning on praying tomorrow night, do I have your blessing too? :D
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You are correct. It is the Prayer of the Veil. I am mistaken.