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Third hour of the Divine Office, which is to be said at about 9 A.M. The beginning hymn is in commemoration of the Holy Spirit's descent on the Apostles and is followed by three variable psalms, a short reading, versicle and response, and the collect of the day. Terce is now technically part of the hora media (middle hour), said after Lauds and before Vespers. (Etym. Latin tertius, third.)
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