Table of Contents

The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought

Invitatory: How to Read this Book, The Virgin Clothed with the Sun [5,000 words]

Chapter 1 The Hours of the Virgin [20,000 words]
A Little History of the Office
Symbolism and Structure of the Hours

Chapter 2  Ave Maria [22,000 words]
Saluting Mary
Naming Mary

Chapter 3  Antiphon and Psalm [60,000 words]
Mary in the Temple
The LORD and the Lady of the Temple
Miriam, the Mother of Jesus the Son of God Most High
Mary, the Theotokos, the Living Temple of God
Mary in the Psalms
The Night Office or Matins
First nocturn, on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday
Second nocturn, on Tuesday and Friday
Third nocturn, on Wednesday and Saturday
The Seven Hours of the Day
Lauds, sung at sunrise
Prime, sung at the first hour of the day
Terce, Sext, and None, sung at the third, sixth, and ninth hours
Vespers, sung at sunset
Compline, sung at bedtime

Chapter 4  Lesson and Response [48,500 words]
Richard of St. Laurent and the things in heaven and on earth mentioned in Scripture which signify Mary, particularly the sun, the moon, the ark, the throne, the temple, the city, the garden, flowers and trees
Conrad of Saxony and Mary as the mirror of God
Pseudo-Albert and what Mary knew

Chapter 5 Prayer [58,000 words]
How to serve Mary
Reasons to serve Mary
Mary as intercessor
            The miracle of Theophilus
                          Mary as bride
                                    Beautiful from head to toe
Mary as the one who makes God visible to the world
            The LORD enters into his creation

Compline: Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda (d. 1665) and the Mystical City of God [11,000 words]

Total words to date [October 24, 2013]: 224,500 (approximately)


  1. WOW!!!! Congratulations!!! What an amazing achievement. Am in awe...Robert

  2. Thanks! It has been quite a journey. Now I only have to do the footnotes.... : )

  3. I also can't wait to read it! Looks amazing. Hope it is going well. Merry Christmas and happy new year!


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