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sacristy

[sak-ri-stee] /ˈsæk rɪ sti/
noun, plural sacristies.
1.
an apartment in or a building connected with a church or a religious house, in which the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., are kept.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin sacristia vestry, equivalent to sacrist(a) (see sacristan) + -ia -y3
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  • Church vestments are also on display in the sacristy.
  • The intended design of the building probably included a vaulted ceiling over the nave and a dome over the sacristy.
  • Probably this one was placed over the entrance to a private chapel or sacristy, but its original location remains unknown.
  • In later years, an altar was added, and then a sacristy.
  • Iu the sacristy the paintings them selves were found rolled around a piece of stove pipe ready te be carried away.
British Dictionary definitions for sacristy

sacristy

/ˈsækrɪstɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a room attached to a church or chapel where the sacred vessels, vestments, etc, are kept and where priests attire themselves
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin sacristia; see sacristan
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Word Origin and History for sacristy
n.

"repository for sacred things," mid-15c., from Anglo-French sacrestie, from Medieval Latin sacrista, from Latin sacer "sacred" (see sacred).

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Encyclopedia Article for sacristy

in architecture, room in a Christian church in which vestments and sacred objects used in the services are stored and in which the clergy and sometimes the altar boys and the choir members put on their robes. In the early Christian church, two rooms beside the apse, the diaconicon and the prothesis, were used for these purposes.

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