• Latin: sacer, sacred


Officers charged with the care of the sacristy, church, sacred vessels, etc. They prepare the vestments, altar vessels, and other things required by the ceremonial for any liturgical function. The Council of Trent desired that clerics should hold such offices, and this is complied with wherever possible, though the difficulty of obtaining clerics has often necessitated that laymen should discharge these duties.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “sacristans”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 July 2009. Web. 26 November 2015. <>