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The broader cathedral community would know the time of matins by the ringing of bells. Rodulfus Glaber tells a story about a man who mistook funeral bells for service bells: “Nearby there lived a fellow who was deeply religious though he was only a layman, He did not know of the brother’s death and thought the bells were ringing for matins; so he set out, as he often did, to go to church...." See Rodulfus Glaber, Historiae II xx, ed. and trans. John France, 86-87. For some other miracles involving laymen present at the monastic offices, see Bernard of Chartres, Miracula Fidis I xxii and II xii, ed. A. Bouillet, 59-60 and 120-22; trans. Pamela Sheingorn, 88, 137-39.  

John Howe

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I think as a general rule there would not have been an audience. There is a complication that matins at Christmas would be a special event - presumably matins would take place very early (midnight-ish - normally matins at a secular cathedral slipped very late!), but there could well have been attendance by other members of the 'cathedral community', which could be surprisingly large. Are you sure that this "theatrical performance" is really liturgical drama? And how late is it?
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John Briggs

On 19/11/2014, Jason Burg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I am trying to find information on the office of matins in English 
> cathedrals from about the 13th century until the reformation.  I am 
> looking at a theatrical performance done in Lincoln cathedral at 
> matins at Christmas and I am trying to determine if there would have 
> been an audience for the event besides the men singing the service.  
> This affects my argument, but I have been unable to find any 
> information or precedents for the public attending a matins service.

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