Matins is, according to our usage, the Office of Morning Prayer. Its origins lie in the monastic cycle of daily prayer. From Wikipedia:
The name “Matins” originally referred to the morning office also known as Lauds. When the nocturnal monastic services called Vigils or Nocturnes were joined with Lauds, the name of “Matins” was applied at first to the concluding morning service and later still to the entire series of Vigils. Matins, often spelled in the Anglican tradition with a double ‘t’, is the ‘Morning Prayer’ which consolidated the hours of Matins, Lauds and Prime. In the Eastern Churches, Matins is called Orthros in Greek (??????, meaning “early dawn” or “daybreak”) and Oútrenya in Slavonic (???????). It is the last of the four night offices, which also include Vespers, Compline and the Midnight Office.
What follows here is one possible version of how an Anglo-Orthodox Matins service might look, combining both Anglican and Eastern Orthodox elements. We offer it simply as one possible model: a resource for those who might be interested in exploring the possibilities of an Eastern Rite Anglican Daily Office.
Anglo-Orthodox Matins (for experimental use)
Edited by Br. Brendan E. Williams
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