from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A book containing the hymns, offices, and prayers for the canonical hours.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A book containing prayers, hymns, and so on for everyday use at the canonical hours.
- n. A brief statement or summary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An abridgment; a compend; an epitome; a brief account or summary.
- n. A book containing the daily public or canonical prayers of the Roman Catholic or of the Greek Church for the seven canonical hours, namely, matins and lauds, the first, third, sixth, and ninth hours, vespers, and compline; -- distinguished from the missal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abridgment; a compend; an epitome.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a book containing the daily offices which all who are in major orders are bound to read.
- n. A name given to similar compilations used in the Greek and Oriental churches.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) a book of prayers to be recited daily certain priests and members of religious orders
And this is the evening prayer of that, what we call the breviary, or the divine office.
The Roman Martyrology, like the breviary, is a liturgical book proper.
This said, over the years I have heard it said on a few occasions that the breviary is simply too time-consuming for non-clergy and non-religious to possibly take on.
Sirrah, page, bring me here my drawer (for so he called his breviary); stay a little here; haul, friend, thus.
Sirrah, page, bring me here my drawer (for so he called his breviary); stay
In the second instance, these matters bring us to an extension of our recent consideration of the importance of the breviary, which is the further consideration of the Martyrlogium Romanum or Roman Martyrology.
Both writers do not hesitate to admit that the breviary is the great source of the Church of England's
Thus, he says that the Sioux called his breviary a "bad spirit" -- _Ouackanché_.
Soon afterwards I was delighted to receive from him a quarto parchment "breviary," containing a dozen ballads, long and short, engrossed in his exquisitely fine handwriting, and illuminated with colored borders and drawings by the poet himself.
In the 1957 edition of the Ambrosian breviary printed by Daverio, this Matins alone occupies 43 pages.