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Matins, the first part of the Divine Office, is traditionally said at night or early in the morning, before sunrise. Usually Matins are celebrated together with Laudes immediately following. In Roman rite it consists of an introductory verse Dómine, lábia mea apéries, psalm 94 Veníte, exsultémus Dómino chanted responsorially with a special antiphon, called invitatorium, a hymn, and one or three nocturns, each consisting of a series of psalms with antiphons, versicle, Pater noster and a series of readings with responsories.

The office of Tenebrae is a special case of Matins on the days of the Sacred Triduum (celebrated always together with Laudes) lacking some parts (because it conserves an older form of the office from time when these parts weren't yet in use) and enriched by some additional rites.