Sancta Missa

SACRISTAN’S MANUAL
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM
"IN SACRISTY AND SANCTUARY"

By Rev. William A. O'Brien, M.A.

A. THE SANCTUARY

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The sanctuary is the most sacred part of the church, the place where the high altar is situated, where the Holy of Holies is kept. It is separated from the nave of the church by the altar or communion rail. The beauty and richness of a sanctuary will depend upon the circumstances of a parish, but in any case and whether it be in city or dale, every sanctuary should be and can be kept spotlessly clean.

Hence the sacristan should cultivate a love for his tasks, not only from the point of duty, but also from the realization of the sacredness of his position. His conduct, especially the manner of genuflecting, should manifest his interior sentiments; therefore, he should genuflect properly every time he passes before the Blessed Sacrament. The Altar of Repose (where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved) is usually the high altar. It should be kept immaculately clean. Crucifix, candlesticks, linens, veils, and all the ornaments of the altar should be washed or polished frequently. The floor also should be kept spotless.

B. THE FURNISHINGS IN THE SANCTUARY..

CHAPTER II THE SANCTUARY AND ITS FURNISHINGS.

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