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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, third, 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, 15 DecemberAdvent III
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11 am – Choral Mattins
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responsesplainchant
psalm 22:22–32 Tonus Peregrinus A
canticles tones viii 2, iv 3, vii 1
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anthem A tender shoot Goldschmidt
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hymns 6 Conditor alme
hymns 10 Winchester New
hymns 8 Verbum supernum
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Sunday, 22 DecemberAdvent IV
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11 am – Choral Mattins
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introit O Rex gentium plainchant
responsesPalestrina
psalm 80 tone iv 4
benedictus Tonus Peregrinus C
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anthem Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming Praetorius
hymns 2 Veni Emmanuel
hymns 9 Merton
hymns 6 Conditor alme
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Tuesday, 24 DecemberChristmas Eve
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10.30 pm – Carols
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hymn Once in royal David’s city Irby, arr. Cleobury
carol Gabriel’s Message Basque traditional, arr. Pettman
carol A Tender Shoot Goldschmidt
hymn The first nowell arr. Willcocks
carol A great and mighty wonder 14th c. German, arr. Praetorius
hymn Good Christian men, rejoice In dulci jubilo, arr. Stainer
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11 pm – Choral Eucharist
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propersPlainchant
mass Short Service in E Batten
anthem Ding! dong! merrily on high Tabourot, arr. Wood
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carol Adeste fideles Wade, arr. Willcocks
hymn While shepherds watched Winchester Old, arr. Adric
sequence Lætabundus Sarum chant, 11th cent.
motet O magnum mysterium Victoria
hymn Stille nacht Gruber
carol Hark! the herald angels sing Mendelssohn, arr. Willcocks
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Sunday, 5 January 2020
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6 pm – A Festival of Lessons & Carols for Epiphany Eve
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