The main aspect of Matins is the Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels. These Gospels chronologically depict the final hours of the life of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Gospels are separated into different parts of Matins. The First Gospel according to St. John tells of Jesus' discourse with the Disciples and ending with the departure into the Garden beyond the torrent of Cedron.
Faithful stand with lighted candles to bear witness to the events in the City of Jerusalem as they are read aloud by the Priest in the center of the Church.
The twelfth and final gospel of St. Mathew tells of the sealing of the tomb of Christ and the setting of the guard.