The adoration of the Magi, A book of hours, ca. 1480.
Sext, or the sixth hour after dawn, refers to a long-standing tradition in Christian litugries favoring private and simple prayer at noon. At midday the sun is at its fullest and serves as a symbol of Divine splendor. This particular ritual hour also connects to significant events in biblical teaching. These include the hour when Adam and Eve ate the apple as well as the hour in which Christ was nailed to the cross. In The little office of the blessed virgin Mary, the adoration of the magi is part of the liturgical context for sext.
The little office of the blessed Virgin Mary
Matins (The annunciation)
Lauds (The visitation)
Prime (The nativity)
Terce (The annunciation to the shepherds)
Sext (The adoration of the Magi)
Nones (The presentation in the temple)
Vespers (The massacre of the innocents)
Compline (The flight into Egypt)