Traditional Morning Prayer or Matins

Matins or Morning Prayer is a devotional service, with verses of praise to God that are usually sung (if there is a choir).

The service follows a traditional pattern which includes:

  • the ‘Venite’ – from the Latin word at the start of the first line, sung in English as: ‘O come let us sing unto the Lord’
  • the ‘Te deum’ – ‘We praise thee, O God’
  • the ‘Jubilate’ – ‘O be joyful in the Lord’
  • a psalm, a short sermon, hymns and prayers.

It is a time of praise and devotion to God at the start of the day, using a form of worship that has been in place for 400 years.

Morning Prayer or Matins at Tardebigge

At Tardebigge, Traditional Morning Prayer (or Matins) is usually at 11.00am on the 1st, 4th and (if there is one) 5th Sunday of each month.

The service usually lasts about an hour, and uses the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) more often than Common Worship (CW).