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Sacristy

A sacristy, also known as a vestry or preparation room, is a room in Christian churches for the keeping of vestments (such as the alb and chasuble) and other church furnishings, sacred vessels, and parish records.

Sacristy with a sacristy credens (a cabinet with wide and very shallow drawers in which vestments and hangings are stored). A chasuble and stole are laid out on top of it, ready to be put on.

The sacristy is usually located inside the church, but in some cases it is an annex or separate building (as in some monasteries). In most older churches, a sacristy is near a side altar, or more usually behind or on a side of the main altar.[citation needed]

In newer churches the sacristy is often in another location, such as near the entrances to the church. Some churches have more than one sacristy, each of which will have a specific function. Often additional sacristies are used for maintaining the church and its items, such as candles and other materials.[citation needed]

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The sacristy is also where the priest and attendants vest and prepare before the service. They will return there at the end of the service to remove their vestments and put away any of the vessels used during the service. The hangings and altar linens are stored there as well. The Parish registers may be kept in the sacristy and are administered by the parish clerk.[citation needed]

Sacristies usually contain a special wash basin, called a piscina, the drain of which is properly called a "sacrarium" in which the drain flows directly into the ground to prevent sacred items such as used baptismal water from being washed into the sewers or septic tanks. The piscina is used to wash linens used during the celebration of the Mass and purificators used during Holy Communion. The cruets, chalice, ciborium, paten, altar linens and sometimes the Holy Oils are kept inside the sacristy. Sacristies are usually off limits to the general public. The word "sacristy" derives from the Latin sacristia, sometimes spelled sacrastia, which is in turn derived from sacrista ("sexton, sacristan"), from sacra ("holy").

A person in charge of the sacristy and its contents is called a sacrist or a sacristan. The latter name was formerly given to the sexton of a parish church, where he would have cared for these things, the fabric of the building and the grounds.

In the Moravian Church, in addition to storing vestments and other vessels, the preparation room is where the Lovefeast is made ready for distribution to the congregation.

In Eastern Christianity, the functions of the sacristy are fulfilled by the Diaconicon and the Prothesis, two rooms or areas adjacent to the Holy Table (Altar).

Work on finding the so-called "lost medieval sacristy of Henry III" at Westminster Abbey during an episode of the archaeological television programme Time Team revealed that the abbey originally had two separate sacristies. As well as a conventional sacristy for storage of ceremonial vessels such as the chalice and paten, the second, described in a 15th-century document as the "galilee of the sacristy" was determined to have been used for the robing and formation of the procession.

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Sacristy Language Watch Edit A sacristy also known as a vestry or preparation room is a room in Christian churches for the keeping of vestments such as the alb and chasuble and other church furnishings sacred vessels and parish records 1 2 Sacristy with a sacristy credens a cabinet with wide and very shallow drawers in which vestments and hangings are stored A chasuble and stole are laid out on top of it ready to be put on The sacristy is usually located inside the church but in some cases it is an annex or separate building as in some monasteries In most older churches a sacristy is near a side altar or more usually behind or on a side of the main altar citation needed In newer churches the sacristy is often in another location such as near the entrances to the church Some churches have more than one sacristy each of which will have a specific function Often additional sacristies are used for maintaining the church and its items such as candles and other materials citation needed Contents 1 Description 2 See also 3 Notes 4 External linksDescription EditThis section needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed September 2018 Learn how and when to remove this template message The sacristy is also where the priest and attendants vest and prepare before the service They will return there at the end of the service to remove their vestments and put away any of the vessels used during the service The hangings and altar linens are stored there as well The Parish registers may be kept in the sacristy and are administered by the parish clerk citation needed Sacristies usually contain a special wash basin called a piscina the drain of which is properly called a sacrarium in which the drain flows directly into the ground to prevent sacred items such as used baptismal water from being washed into the sewers or septic tanks The piscina is used to wash linens used during the celebration of the Mass and purificators used during Holy Communion The cruets chalice ciborium paten altar linens and sometimes the Holy Oils are kept inside the sacristy Sacristies are usually off limits to the general public The word sacristy derives from the Latin sacristia sometimes spelled sacrastia which is in turn derived from sacrista sexton sacristan from sacra holy 3 4 A person in charge of the sacristy and its contents is called a sacrist or a sacristan The latter name was formerly given to the sexton of a parish church where he would have cared for these things the fabric of the building and the grounds 5 In the Moravian Church in addition to storing vestments and other vessels the preparation room is where the Lovefeast is made ready for distribution to the congregation 2 In Eastern Christianity the functions of the sacristy are fulfilled by the Diaconicon and the Prothesis two rooms or areas adjacent to the Holy Table Altar Work on finding the so called lost medieval sacristy of Henry III at Westminster Abbey during an episode of the archaeological television programme Time Team revealed that the abbey originally had two separate sacristies As well as a conventional sacristy for storage of ceremonial vessels such as the chalice and paten the second described in a 15th century document as the galilee of the sacristy was determined to have been used for the robing and formation of the procession 6 See also EditAltar cloth Antependium Sacristan Savilahti Stone Sacristy Sexton VestryNotes Edit Vestry English Oxford Living Dictionaries Oxford University Press a b Riess Michael ed 2011 Litiz Moravian celebrates with mortgage burning Lovefeast The Moravian p 28 sacristy Merriam Webster Dictionary Retrieved 2021 09 25 Harper Douglas sacristy Online Etymology Dictionary Retrieved 2021 09 25 Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 3rd ed Oxford Oxford University Press 1972 Time Team Series 17 Episode 1 Westminster Channel 4 18 April 2010 Retrieved 6 June 2011 External links EditLook up sacristy in Wiktionary the free dictionary Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sacristies Sacristy article from Catholic Encyclopedia Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sacristy amp oldid 1046430488, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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