It was to be lighted again by one of the novices appointed for the purpose during the last psalm of each nocturn.
The elders did not observe the nocturn that night until prime on the morrow.
The contessa's reception began at the first nocturn, between sunset and midnight.
At half-past three in the afternoon the first nocturn began, with the Psalms, Lessons, etc.
When all were assembled, fifteen psalms were sung; then came the nocturn and more psalms.
a division of the office of matins, early 13c., from Old French nocturne "evening service; curfew," from Medieval Latin nocturna, "group of Psalms used in the nocturns," from Latin nocturnus (see nocturnal).