|by Todde MacDonnell|
Priests were supported by the donation of stipends and expected to recite masses at all hours of the night. Which hours, you ask?
The church celebrated eight masses in the day, and laymen often recorded time by their precedent.
Lauds: 3 a.m.
Prime: 6 a.m.
Tierce: 9 a.m.
None: 3 p.m.
Vespers: 6 p.m.
Compline: 9 p.m.
Peasants were notorious for sleeping through the Sunday Prime mass and when they didn't, invariably slept through the sermon.
Source: Life in a Medieval City, Joseph and Frances Gies Sleep disorder hypothesis is entirely my fault.