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Mattins is an Anglican morning prayer service which draws from the monastic offices Matins, Lauds and Prime. Historically, Mattins was the main Sunday morning service on most Sundays in all Anglican parishes, with Holy Communion being celebrated after Mattins or Evensong, typically on the first Sunday of the month. Since the mid-twentieth century when Holy Communion became the principal Sunday service in many American Anglican parishes, Mattins has taken a backseat and is now sung much less frequently.

At Saint Stephen’s Church, Choral Mattins remains one of the jewels of the Anglican tradition and is sung by the Choir of Men & Boys on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of the month, except for Whitsunday and Easter Day. The service begins at 11.00 am and ordinarily lasts about 60 minutes.



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Sunday, 12 May
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11 am – Choral Mattins
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responsesHancock
psalm 36 Hopkins
canticles Benedicite, omnia opera in B-flat Sumsion
canticles Jubilate in B-flat Lawes
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anthem The Lord is my shepherd Goodall
anthem(from The Vicar of Dibley)
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hymn Rise, crowned with light Woodlands
hymn Come, ye faithful, raise the strain Gaudeamus pariter
hymn O thou who camest from above Hereford
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voluntary Prelude in E-flat, BWV 552.1 Bach
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Sunday, 19 May
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9.15 am – Plainchant Eucharist
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( sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir )
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Sunday, 26 May
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11 am – Choral Mattins
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