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A person who looks after a church and churchyard, typically acting as bell-ringer and gravedigger; in early use, often the sacristan in a religious house or cathedral, having charge of the vestments, sacred vessels, and relics. The word comes via Anglo-Norman French from medieval Latin sacristanus ‘sacristan’.

Subjects: Christianity.


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