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A typical order of Matins from the Lutheran tradition is found in the Lutheran Service Book, the recently (2006) published hymnal of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

The order of Matins is as follows:

  • Opening Versicles with Gloria Patri
  • Additional Psalms
  • Office Hymn
  • Reading(s)
  • Responsory
  • Others Collects and Prayers
  • Benediction
This order combines features that were found in the Medieval orders of Matins, Lauds, and Prime into a single morning service. Lutherans in general retained the Order of Matins for use in schools and in larger city parishes throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The orders experienced a revival in the Confessional Renewal that took place in the 19th century, and now have a stable place in modern Lutheran liturgical books.

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