sacristy

noun
sac·​ris·​ty | \ ˈsa-krə-stē How to pronounce sacristy (audio) \
plural sacristies

Definition of sacristy

: a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept and where the clergy vests

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Examples of sacristy in a Sentence

our choir robes were stored in the sacristy
Recent Examples on the Web One of those is Mark Lambour, a former St. Frances Cabrini altar boy who said deWater tried to molest him in the sacristy of the church in 1972, about three years before the incident now being investigated by the archdiocese. David A. Hammer, NOLA.com, "Retired Dutch priest, accused of abusing 2 New Orleans boys decades ago, denies wrongdoing," 8 Jan. 2021 In 1836, the church, still roofless except for the sacristy, where women and children found refuge, functioned as a cannon station during the famed early morning battle. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Researcher examining walls of San Antonio’s Alamo church to determine whether it was painted in mission times," 13 Nov. 2020 Conservation professionals already have documented frescoes that have been verified inside the church sacristy, which had a stone roof and was used as a worship space by the mission Indians. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Researcher examining walls of San Antonio’s Alamo church to determine whether it was painted in mission times," 13 Nov. 2020 Per a statement provided to Smithsonian magazine, medieval clergy members may have also gathered in the sacristy to prepare for processions into the main church. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lost Medieval Sacristy, Burial Grounds Unearthed at Westminster Abbey," 26 Aug. 2020 Records show that builders added a second floor to the sacristy during the 1380s, when construction work was taking place across the monastic complex. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lost Medieval Sacristy, Burial Grounds Unearthed at Westminster Abbey," 26 Aug. 2020 Targo’s founders, Chloé Rochereuil and Victor Agulhon, received permission to film in usually inaccessible spots, including the sacristy and the attic. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Paris, Virtual Reality Experience Shows Notre-Dame Before and After 2019 Fire," 18 Aug. 2020 He was accused of molesting the boys in the cathedral’s sacristy, or dressing-room, after a Sunday mass. The Economist, "An Australian court overturns a cardinal’s conviction for sexual abuse," 8 Apr. 2020 Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd told the High Court last month that the surviving choirboy's detailed knowledge of the layout of the priests' sacristy supported his accusation that the boys were molested there. NBC News, "Cardinal George Pell out of prison after Australia's High Court overturns abuse convictions," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sacristy

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sacristy

Middle English sacristie, from Medieval Latin sacristia, from sacrista sacristan, from Latin sacr-, sacer

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14 Jan 2021

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“Sacristy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sacristy. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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