An earlier post raises the question of how the Lord's Day and Festivals were observed in early Lutheranism. In brief, here's the schedule:
Day Prior to Sunday or Feast:
Vespers (Confession following)
Day of (Sunday or Feast):
Matins (Early Morning)
The Mass - The Divine Service (about 9 or so)
Catechism Service/Vespers (After 1)
This was the normal pattern in Lutheranism for quite some time. Frequently only the choir boys and servants were present for the Matins service, but it was held. Preaching at the Mass was on the Gospel for the day. Preaching at Vespers often was on the Epistle. How far we have fallen from those joyful days - now people often grumble at the Divine Service itself going over an hour. In those days it was taken for granted that Divine Service lasted from 2 to 3 hours and the others services at least an hour a piece!