Noonday is, in the Anglican tradition, the mid-day Office that takes the place of the more traditional canonical hour known as ‘Sext’ (meaning simply, “the sixth hour”)—being roughly noon. It is typically a short Office compared with the other Daily Offices. From Wikipedia:
Noon is the hour when the sun is at its full, it is the image of Divine splendor, the plenitude of God, the time of grace; at the sixth hour Abraham received the three angels, the image of the Trinity; at the sixth hour Adam and Eve ate the fatal apple. We should pray at noon, says St. Ambrose, because that is the time when the Divine light is in its fulness. Origen, St. Augustine, and several others regard this hour as favorable to prayer. Lastly and above all, it was the hour when Christ was nailed to the Cross; this memory excelling all the others left a still visible trace in most of the liturgy of this hour.
What follows here is one possible version of how an Anglo-Orthodox Noonday service might look, combining both Anglican and Eastern Orthodox elements. We offer it simply as one possible model: a resource for those who might be interested in exploring the possibilities of an Eastern Rite Anglican Daily Office.
Anglo-Orthodox Noonday Prayer (for experimental use)
Edited by Br. Brendan E. Williams
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