Roman Catholic Church. a book containing all the daily psalms, hymns, prayers, lessons, etc., necessary for reciting the office.
a book of daily prayers and readings in some other churches.
Historical Examples

The Woman Thou Gavest Me Hall Caine
Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10, Issue 286, December 8, 1827 Various
The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6 E. Rameur
The German Lieutenant and Other Stories August Strindberg
The Life of Blessed John B. Marie Vianney, Cur of Ars Anonymous
Princes and Poisoners Frantz Funck-Brentano

noun (pl) -ries
(RC Church) a book of psalms, hymns, prayers, etc, to be recited daily by clerics in major orders and certain members of religious orders as part of the divine office
a similar book in the Orthodox Church


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