I have found this link on the Oriental Orthodox Prayers thread, and had a question. Are these hours to be done liturically, i.e. with a Priest in a Church? Or can these be prayed at home? Are these able to be used, as is, as a reader service of the hours? Thanks and God Bless!
They can be prayed by anyone. Generally the minimum or laity is to pray Prime & Compline from it daily (though not necessarily with all Psalms, whatever number is assigned by one's father of confession). Monks will normally pray all of it.
They are also prayed liturgically. When a priest is there, certain parts are said by the priest, unless he delegates them.
On a Sunday, the Vespers Praise is said, then the 9th, 11th, and 12th hours are prayed before Vespers Saturday evening. The midnight prayer is prayed after Vespers and before the Midnight Praise. The Prime hour is prayed before the Morning Praise and Matins (though this is often omitted and Matins starts right away). The Third and Sixth hours are prayed in between Matins and the Liturgy of the Word. Vespers Praise, Midnight Praise, the prayer of Prime and Morning Praise are optional. Vespers is also sometimes omitted. But Matins, followed by the appropriate hours are required before the Liturgy.
On fasting days the Liturgy is later in the day, so the 3rd, 6th, and 9th hours are prayed after Matins, meaning the next day's vespers will only have the 11th and 12th prayed before it. On days of Lent and the fast of Nineveh, fasting is stricter and so the Liturgy should be later in the day. In that case the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 12th hours are prayed after Matins and before the Liturgy of the Word. In that case there can be no Vespers service since the Liturgy is so late in the day (though some churches ignore this and have illegal vespers on weekdays of Great Lent).
When I say 'Vespers' above, I mean the raising of evening incense, a service that requires a priest, not to be confused with the Agpeya prayer of the 11th hour, which also sometimes called Vespers in English.
The services of Vespers Praise, Midnight Praise, and Morning Praise can also be done at home without a priest. The appropriate prayers and hymns are found in a Coptic Psalmody book, there should be many online (though poorly translated).
If you're interested in a better translation of the agpeya pm me, and I can email you one where the Psalms are translated from the Coptic, rather than using NKJV. The translation of non-biblical parts are much better quality.