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Matins 

"pertaining to the morning." It is one of the canonical hours, which developed as special times or hours for prayer and devotion. Matins, sometimes spelled "mattins," was the longest of the services of the breviary. It consisted chiefly of three sets of psalms and lessons. It was a "vigil" service, begun several hours before dawn. In the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia, matins was typically at 2 a.m. Thomas Cranmer combined portions of matins, lauds, and prime to form his English Mattins in the 1549 BCP. This service became Morning Prayer. See Breviary; see Canonical Hours; see Morning Prayer. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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