The non (from the Latin nona hora = ninth hour) is next to the third and the sixth one of the three small ears in the Catholic Church's Liturgy of the Hours . It is usually prayed at the ninth hour of the ancient schedule (around 3 p.m.). In this hour the Church especially commemorates the hour of Christ's death on the cross and of all those who die.
In the mystical interpretations of the Liturgy of the Hours in early Christian times, Cassianus points out that the prophet Daniel had already sent his prayer to the Lord with the window open in the dining room during the times of the third, sixth and non. Cassianus goes on to state that the Church prays at the ninth hour, because at this time the Savior descended into the underworld and
“Chased away the impenetrable darkness of limbo by the splendor of his glory, broke its iron gates, broke its iron bars and took the captivity of the saints, who were kept shut up without mercy in the darkness of the underworld, prisoner for their salvation and took them with them up to heaven. Here he took away the flaming sword and put the former inhabitant of Paradise back into it for God's glory and praise. "
The non consists of
- the introductory verse with doxology
- the hymn
- of psalmody
- a short reading (chapter) with the versicle
- the oration
- the final verse
- Cassian, From the institutions of the monasteries (De institutis coenobiorum et de octo principalium vitiorum remediis) Third book: From the prescribed officium of the day
- the Book of Hours for the Catholic Dioceses of the German-Speaking Area, 1978 edition.
- The final verse can be omitted if the hearing is prayed alone.