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Roche Abbey: the sacristy
Plan of roche abbey showing the location of the sacristy(1/1)

The sacristy was one of two rooms that adjoined the south side of the church, the other being the library. Liturgical vessels, vestments and books used in the Mass and Canonical Offices were stored here for safekeeping under the watchful eye of the sacrist, who was responsible for the general care of the church and for sounding the bell for the Offices and meals. The sacristy was also used by ordained members of the community to robe in vestments for services, and it was therefore necessary that this room was close to the church. A door and steps from the south transept connected the church and sacristy at Roche; a door on the east side led to the chapter-house, but this may have been simply intended for use during the construction of the building and walled up thereafter.


Velvet kneeler, embroidered burse, stole and maniple© V&A
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Velvet kneeler, embroidered burse, stole and maniple © V&A

The monks entered the church for Vigils via nightstairs that led from their dormitory to the sacristy.

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