St. Tikhon’s Monastery, the oldest Orthodox monastery in America, has published an in-depth, twelve-part video series on the fascinating yet complicated topic of Liturgics for Readers and Choir Directors in the Orthodox Christian tradition.
Having discussed the basic outline of Matins as seen in Daily Matins, it’s now time to expand our understanding of Matins by comparing Daily Matins, Matins with the Great Doxology, Festal Matins, and Sunday matins.
Matins with the Great Doxology is similar to Daily Matins except for the ending portion beginning with the Praises. Sunday and Festal Matins have a much expanded middle section that culminates with the reading of the Matins Gospel. In all four types of Matins, however, the beginning of the service (Royal Office, Six Psalms, and kathismata) remains almost without any change.
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