The Sacristan, always under the general direction of the clergy, undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations.
The Sacristan thus arranges the books needed for the celebration; also sets out anything that is needed for the celebration, such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils, processional crosses, hand towels, incense and coals, and candles; assures that there is a ready supply of fresh hosts and of duly authorized wine and that the Sanctuary Light is on.
The Sacristan should ensure the observance of silence in the sacristy.
The Sacristan in harmony with the pastor also makes sure that the vestments, church furnishings, liturgical vessels, and decorative objects are kept in good condition.
In order to carry out these duties, the sacristan needs to have a fairly good idea of the content and norms of the principal liturgical books and an understanding of the intricacies of the liturgical calendar.
A good sacristan is a boon to any parish.
Would you like to serve in this ministry? Call the Liturgy office for more information, 760-945-8013