The ancient service at daybreak in the monastic round of daily prayer. This morning service of praise always included Psalms 148-150, in which the Latin word "laudate" (praise) is frequently emphasized. The name of this morning office is derived from the Latin term. The services of matins, lauds, and prime formed the basis of Cranmer's office of Matins in the 1549 Prayer Book, which became Morning Prayer in the 1552 BCP.
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