NONES - a service for the ninth hour
Nones is the fifth of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it – one of the seven daily offices, or services, said until the Reformation. It is a fixed time of prayer of the Divine Office of almost all the traditional Christian liturgies, and consists mainly of psalms. Its name comes from Latin and refers to the ninth hour of the day after dawn, hence Nones is said at around 3pm.
The canons of Merton Augustinian Priory cared for more than sixty churches in mediaeval times and our church in Duns Tew was one of these. Once a year, on the 3rd Sunday of Easter, we join with other religious foundations who have a link with the priory to say Nones in memory of all the work undertaken by the canons down the centuries.