- the office of matins, consisting of nine psalms and either three or nine lessons.
Origin of nocturn
Examples from the Web for nocturn
The elders did not observe the nocturn that night until prime on the morrow.
When all were assembled, fifteen psalms were sung; then came the nocturn and more psalms.Curiosities of Christian History
The contessa's reception began at the first nocturn, between sunset and midnight.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
It was to be lighted again by one of the novices appointed for the purpose during the last psalm of each Nocturn.English Monastic Life
At half-past three in the afternoon the first nocturn began, with the Psalms, Lessons, etc.Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland
- RC Church any of the main sections of the office of matins
Word Origin and History for nocturn
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).