The adoration of the magi. Giotto di Bondone. 1304-06. Cappella Scrovegni a Padova.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11
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.