Mattins is the first of the large Sunday services, in which the Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer of 1662 is sung.
This quiet and contemplative service lasts for around 50 minutes, giving space to pause for a moment and to welcome the day ahead.
What can I expect?
This service is led by the choir, who sing responses, canticles, and the psalms set for the day on our behalf. There are some readings from the Bible, and prayers are said for the Church, the World and ourselves. There is no sermon at this service, but hymns are sung.
You do not have to familiar with the service – when you enter, you can pick up an easy-to-follow order of service, which will guide you through each part. Visit our guidance on attending services at St Paul's for more information on what to expect.