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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 889 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MATINS (Fr. matins, med. Lat. matutinae, sc. possibly vigiliae, morning watches; from matutinus, " belonging to the morning "), a word now only used in an ecclesiastical sense for one of the canonical hours in the Roman Breviary, originally intended to be said at midnight, but sometimes said at dawn, after which " lauds " were recited or sung. In the modern Roman Catholic Church, outside monastic services, the office is usually said on the preceding afternoon or evening. The. word is also used in the Roman Catholic Church for the public service held on Sunday mornings before the mass (see BREVIARY; and HouRS, CANONICAL). In the Church of England since the Reformation matins is used for the order of public morning prayer.
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