Preces (i.e. prayers) are the verses and responses said in the Roman Catholic, English, and other churches at the beginning of matins and even-song.
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The Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature. James Strong and John McClintock; Haper and Brothers; NY; 1880.
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