Acts 3:1

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
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Cyprian of Carthage

AD 258
35. But for us, beloved brethren, besides the hours of prayer observed of old,

Erasmus of Rotterdam

AD 1536
Peter and John, with others, used to go together to the temple towards the ninth hour as the day began to decline. This is a time when other people, already drunk, usually play or sleep; it had become the custom of the apostles, however, to be free for holy prayers, fasting until evening. The two princes of the apostolic order went forth without horse or mule, but attend the apostolic procession. ...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
To the temple. Though the Jewish ceremonies were shortly to cease, yet it was not unlawful to follow them; and they went to the temple as a proper place for prayer. (Witham) The ninth hour, that is, about three in the afternoon. But we must here observe, that the Hebrews divided the light into twelve hours, and the dark into twelve hours; so that their hours would be of unequal length: longer in summer, shorter in winter. (Menochius) The custom of praying three times in the day, is ancient among the Jews. Daniel at Babylon opened his window on the side which looked towards the temple of Jerusalem, and three times a day bent his knees before the Lord. The ancient Fathers of the Church have strongly recommended this established custom of praying three times in the day, morning, noon, and evening. It is indeed not a precept, but a religious observation, to which she invites all her children. See St. Clement of Alexandria, Constit. lib. vii. chap. 24.; Tertullian, de Jejuniis In Catholi...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Why now did they go up to the temple? Did they still live as Jews? No, but for appropriateness to the purpose at hand. A miraculous sign again takes place, which both confirms the converts, and draws over the rest; and such, as they were a sign for having wrought.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Everywhere we find these two Apostles in great harmony together. "To him Simon Peter beckoned." (John 13:24.) These two also "came together to the sepulchre. (Ib. xx. 3 et seq.) And concerning John, Peter said unto Christ, "And what shall this man do?" (Ib. xxi. 21.) Now as for the other miracles, the writer of this book omits them; but he mentions the miracle by which they were all put in commotion. Observe again that they do not come to them purposely; so clear were they of ambition, so closely did they imitate their Master. Why now did they go up to the temple? Did they still live as Jews? No, but for expediency (chresimos). A miraculous sign again takes place, which both confirms the converts, and draws over the rest; and such, as they were a sign for having wrought. The disease was in the nature of the man, and baffled the art of medicine. He had been forty years lame (ch. iv. 20), as the writer says afterwards, and no one during all that time had cured him. And the most obstin...

Shepherd of Hermas

AD 150
Having fasted frequently, and having prayed to the Lord that He would show me the revelation which He promised to show me through that old woman, the same night that old woman appeared to me, and said to me, "Since you are so anxious and eager to know all things, go into the part of the country where you tarry; and about the fifth ...

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
Which God alone (can do), and restored the debilitated to their integrity,

The Didache

AD 100
3. Thrice in the day thus pray.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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