He would rise at midnight to pass into the chapel for the singing of matins.
Then the midnight hour struck, and it was time to rise for matins.
Then, finding that he was not dead, he said his matins with a better heart.
Perhaps you like this better:—'Yesterday I went to town and heard the matins read.
The bell was that of the “faire chappell” on 142 the green outside the gatehouse, and it was calling to matins.
The chimes were ringing to matins and the devout were entering to the early mass.
When the sun arose, the Friar took his leave to go to matins, and did not return till noon.
He stood therefore at matins, feeling unusually self-satisfied.
At length, unwillinglie brake off, when the Bell rang us to matins.
If we have overslept our matins, they say, we will make up at high mass.
canonical hour, mid-13c., from Old French matines (12c.), from Late Latin matutinas (nominative matutinæ) "morning prayers," originally matutinas vigilias "morning watches," from Latin matutinus "of or in the morning," associated with Matuta, Roman dawn goddess (see manana). The Old English word was uht-sang, from uhte "daybreak."