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The Holy Offices (Church services) attended eight times every day consisted of hymns, canticles, versicles and responses and prayers - but mainly the 150 psalms from The Bible's Book of Psalms.

All of these were sung in Latin, which was the language of education and literature throughout the Medieval period. Novice monks not only had to learn Latin, but also the tunes for all of the elements of every service, which were sung without music.

Some of these elements were very short, others were very long. An example of a very short piece is this Marian anthem:

Assumpta est Maria in caelum, gaudent angeli. Laudantes benedicunt Dominum.

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