apartment adjoining a church wherein are kept the sacred vessels, books,
vestments and other accessories of divine worship and where the clergy vest for
their office. In addition to the necessary cupboards, etc., every sacristy must
have a crucifix displayed above the vesting table and a vessel with water for
the celebrant's hands. Though usually structurally part thereof, the sacristy is
not blessed or consecrated with the church and is therefore not technically a
'sacred place'; that, however, does not relieve a layman of the obligation of
respectful carriage therein." (Catholic Dictionary)
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