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 The burglars also apparently cut into a safe in the church's sacristy, but there was nothing inside, according to WABC. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 30 May 2022 Separated from the main church by a stone bell tower and a pair of 200-year-old yuccas, the building now serves as both the center of Nurio’s religious life and a temporary sacristy for the artifacts rescued from the Apostle Santiago Church. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Most of the cartridge cases recovered from the sacristy had stamps indicating that they were made for the United States government in Lake City, Mo. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Hand sanitizers sat on a table in Our Lady of Guadalupe’s foyer, and near the sacristy. Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2021 Worship activities in the fourth location, a north room of the stone church known as the sacristy, occurred from 1750 to 1793, when the mission was secularized. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Oct. 2021 The assaults included fondling and groping of the boy’s genitals and on one occasion the abuse occurred in the sacristy of the parish while the boy was preparing the altar for Mass, the lawsuit alleges., 22 July 2021 In the 1836 siege and battle, the nave had a dirt ramp leading to a platform where Texians fired three cannons above the altar area while women and children kept refuge in the sacristy. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 31 May 2021 But even though friars and indigenous people of the Mission San Antonio de Valero celebrated Mass in its sacristy and held special worship services in its nave, the church never was fully completed. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 31 May 2021 See More

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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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“Sacristy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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