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