[quote="A_Servant, post:1, topic:198665"]
I heard a long time ago that 3am was the unholy hour. I was told this was because it was the "opposite" hour from the traditional time of Christ's victory over sin and death.....3 pm. Anyway I didn't give this much thought......until my schedule got off. Now I am almost always up at this time.....and I always get the creeps at this time. Is there any theological or historical significance to 3 am? And am I the only one who gets the "Heebie Jeebies" during that hour?:eek:
I never heard the tradition, or if I did I have forgotten it, and I don't believe there are any unholy hours for anyone who lives in Christ. There are certainly hours of temptation, depression, loneliness even despair, and yes that could very well be the middle of the night for many people. But yes I used to dread waking in the middle of the night in the years DH travelled on business and got very jumpy, there were a couple of times I loaded the kids into the car and went to Denny's which was the only place open all night. They got to regard that as a special fun thing we would do when daddy was gone.
I discovered years later that when I wake in the middle of the night it is a call to prayer and while I am sure there are physical or other reasons, it is a fact that it happens almost always when I have been neglecting prayer. So even if I wake in pain or other physical disturbances, that is my first response. In fact that is when I pray the Office of Readings. Then usually I can fall back asleep. sometimes I also need a cup of tea, taking meds I forgot, something to eat if my sugar is low. If I still can't sleep, well, look what time it is now. CAF is also open all night. So no, I don't consider it unholy, but rather an occasion for grace.
[quote="flyingfish, post:2, topic:198665"]
Keep in mind also that Jesus was in Israel's time zone, Israel time is ~10 hours ahead of the US IIRC, so the unholy hour would be not at 3am but 5pm of the previous day in relation to Israel!
whoa I can't keep track, does that mean we have to pray the Divine Mercy on Israel time?