matins NOUN a service of morning prayer, especially in the Anglican Church.
ORIGIN Old French matines 'mornings' , from Latin Matuta, goddess of the dawn.

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  • Matins — • Not Morning Prayer, but a nighttime prayer, which has now been replaced by the Office of Readings Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Matins     Matins      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • matins — canonical hour, mid 13c., from O.Fr. matines (12c.), from L.L. matutinas (nom. matutinæ) morning prayers, originally matutinas vigilias morning watches, from L. matutinus of or in the morning, associated with Matuta, Roman dawn goddess (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Matins — For the Anglican service of Mattins or Matins, see Morning Prayer (Anglican). Matins (also known as Orthros or Oútrenya in Eastern Churches) is the early morning or night prayer service in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Eastern… …   Wikipedia

  • matins — mat·ins (mătʹnz) n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) 1. a. Ecclesiastical. The office that formerly constituted together with lauds the first of the seven canonical hours. b. The time of day appointed for this service, traditionally midnight or 2… …   Universalium

  • Matins —    The major hour of the divine office of the Roman Catholic rite sung after midnight. It is the longest and most elaborate of all the hours. The chanting begins with the versicle Deus in adjutorium, followed by the invitatory (psalm verse),… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • Matins —    The Order for Morning Prayer was called by the ancient popular name of Matins (abbreviated from Matutinae) in the original English Prayer Book of 1549. This name is still retained in the Tables of Lessons set forth in the English Prayer Book.… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • matins — mattins, matins noun (U) the first prayers of the day in the Christian religion; morning prayer …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • matins —    This word (from the Latin matutinus, meaning in the morning ) refers to the first set of daily prayers and readings of the Liturgy of the Hours; matins are usually recited or sung between midnight and sunrise …   Glossary of theological terms

  • matins — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Middle English matines, from Anglo French, from Late Latin matutinae, from Latin, feminine plural of matutinus Date: 14th century 1. the night office forming… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • matins — noun a) together with lauds, the earliest of the canonical hours; normally at sunrise, but often earlier b) morning prayers …   Wiktionary

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