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Sacristy
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[German Version]

I. Liturgy

The sacristy (sacristia; historically also secretarium,sacrarium, or vestiarium) is a separate room in a church building, usually near the altar, that communicates with the body of the church. It serves various purposes meant to be kept from public view. The word’s ultimate derivation from Latin sacer, “holy, sacred,” suggests its use as a place to store the sacred liturgical implements, paraments, and vestments (Vestments/Paraments, Vestments, Liturgical), as well as the liturgi…

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Jordahn, Ottfried and Freigang, Christian, “Sacristy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024693>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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