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Choral Mattins for the Feast of Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick in stained glass

Sunday, 17 March 2018, at 11.00 AM

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 most Sundays in the academic year except the first Sunday of the month, Whitsunday, and Easter Day. The service begins at 11.00 AM and ordinarily lasts about 60 minutes.

This Sunday’s music honours the primary patron saint of Ireland and will include C V Stanford’s stirring arrangement of ‘Saint Patrick’s Breastplate’. Visit our music website for more details.

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